This blog highlights conservation issues we feel are important to fly fishers and others who love outdoor sports, and we cover the latest and most pressing environmental issues affecting wildlife habitat and resource conservation. Orvis believes that, if we are to benefit from the use of our natural resources and environment, we must be willing to act to preserve them. Therefore, the company commits 5% of pre-tax profits to protecting nature.

Essay: What We’re Fighting to Save in Bristol Bay


Written by: Phil Monahan

Paul Fersen offers a vision of the pristine landscape threatened by Pebble Mine
Photo by Jim Klug

I sat on the edge of the raft, watching the snags slip beneath us. There were thousands in the sixty miles of river, each of them clinging to twisted white bodies like the barbed wire of Verdun. Carcasses lined the shorelines like the aftermath of some apocalyptic battle.

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Campaign to Stop the Pebble Mine Tops Orvis Customer Matching Grants for 2013


Written by: Phil Monahan

The proposed mine would try to contain 10 billion tons of waste above this majestic
watery landscape.
Photo by Jim Klug

A national campaign to stop the controversial Pebble Mine in Alaska’s Bristol Bay region is the top conservation priority for The Orvis Company, Inc., said CEO Perk Perkins and Vice Chairman David Perkins as they announced the company’s 2013 Customer Matching Grants for Conservation.

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Orvis Announces Four Recipients of 2013 Customer Matching Grants for Conservation


Written by: Phil Monahan

Protecting the fish and wildlife habitat of Bristol Bay will be a top priority.
Photo by Jim Klug

Today, Orvis announced four recipients of its annual Orvis Customer Matching Grants. This year’s grants are targeted to raise $430,000 or more for these projects, part of the company’s more than $1 million commitment to conservation and related causes this year.Orvis has awarded cash grants—used as matching funds to raise customer contributions up to equal amounts—to the following organizations…

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Bringing Back Bonneville Cutthroats on Fish Haven Creek

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The big Bear Lake Bonneville cutthroat trout is one of the West’s largest-growing native trout.

photo courtesy Trout Unlimited

One of the next projects to get under way thanks to funding from the Orvis/TU 1,000 Miles Campaign is in a small Idaho tributary stream to Bear Lake, a large natural lake situated on the Utah-Idaho border about 100 miles north of. . .

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Update from the Headwaters of the Blackfoot River Watershed Project

New Diamond Creek Diversion

The new headgate at Diamond Creek is more efficient and will keep sediment from entering the creek.

photo courtesy Trout Unlimited

[Editor’s Note: In 2011, Orvis offered financial support for an important project, run by the Trout Unlimited Home Rivers Initiative, to help restore habitat in the mountains of Idaho. Here’s a wrap-up of the work from project manager Matt Woodard.]

This recent project is geared toward restoring fish passage and eliminating entrainment (washing of sediment into the water) in the outgoing diversion ditches on both Diamond and Lanes Creeks, which come together to form the. . .

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