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.

LAST DAY to Make Your Voice Heard on Pebble Mine!

Written by: Phil Monahan
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Photo by Robert Glenn Ketchum

In April, the Environmental Protection Agency released a revised version of “An Assessment of Potential Mining Impacts on Salmon Ecosystems of Bristol Bay, Alaska.” This is what’s called the “second external review draft,” and the agency will accept public comment on it until. . .


Bringing Alewives Back to the Penobscot River

Written by: Andrew Goode, vice president of U.S. programs for the Atlantic Salmon Federation

The old low-head dam on Pushaway Lake blocked access to migrating alewives.
Photo courtesy ASF

In what has the potential to be Maine’s single largest restoration project for sea-run alewives, the Atlantic Salmon Foundation recently completed a Denil fishway (a design developed in 1909 by a Belgian scientist, G. Denil) at the outlet to Pushaw Lake in Maine’s Penobscot watershed. The Orvis Conservation Fund provided a small grant for this work and has previously provided funding for the ongoing large dam removals on the. . .


Video: “Enough is Enough” for California’s Famed McCloud River

Written by: Phil Monahan

Enough Is Enough is the story of northern California’s McCloud River, its fish, and its unique impact on fly fishing around the world. The short documentary explains what makes the river special and outlines the threats to its future. But aside from its important message, this is also just a gorgeous piece of filmmaking about rivers and fly fishing. I have never been to the McCloud, but I hope that the conservation community can do everything possible to. . .