Saving the Planet…One Orvis Associate at a Time!


At Orvis Every Day is Earth Day
Photo by Orvis

Here at Orvis we take this Earth Day thing pretty seriously! When you belong to a company that gives 5% of its pre-tax profits to protecting nature, you pay attention to this stuff. When we starting looking for some simple things to do to show Mother Nature a little love, we began right here in our own backyard. Here are ten great, easy-to-do conservation tricks from Orvis Associates…

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CBF: Supreme Court Backs Chesapeake Bay Clean-Up Plan


Sunrise at Thomas Point Lighthouse
Photo by Mike Cromwell

Recently the Supreme Court declined to hear a challenge to the Chesapeake Bay clean-up plan, thereby ending an attempt by the American Farm Bureau to stop it. One of Orvis’ Customer Matching Grant initiatives is the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Oyster Restoration project, which is an integral part of that plan.

We celebrate this victory with our friends at CBF, and invite you to check out the following article which appeared on the Field & Stream website:

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Casting for Recovery: Life-Changing Moments


Connie Burke and friend grab a little gusto!
Photo by Casting for Recovery

The mission of Casting for Recovery is to enhance the quality of life for women with breast cancer through a unique program that combines breast cancer education and peer support with the therapeutic sport of fly fishing. Orvis is proud to be a founding sponsor.

No one can explain the therapeutic value of a Casting for Recovery retreat better than the women who have participated. Last summer Connie Burke was one of those participants….

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Dogs of the Day: Daisy, Perri, and Colby


Perri, and Daisy, 2014
Photo by Lisa Grogan

Two years ago, Lisa and Mike Grogan of Baltimore, Maryland, sent us this adorable shot of their two Yellow Labs—Perri, age 4, and Daisy, 7 weeks—sharing Daisy’s Orvis daisy-print dog. . .

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Casting for Recovery: A Labor of Love


Nancy McNamara reveling in her fly fishing experience
Photo by Casting for Recovery

Each participant at every Casting for Recovery retreat has a story to tell. They are stories both happy and sad, but always there is triumph. The joy of mastering something new, accomplishing a task you thought was beyond you, connecting with people who know precisely what you are going through, having a few days to escape – relax – laugh – grow.

Nancy McNamara, pictured above, was one such participant. Look at the sheer joy on her face! Nancy attended a CfR retreat in the Houston area last April….

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Petfinder: Jenny’s Happy Tail


Could you turn away from this face?
Photo by Austin Pets Alive

Jenny is a Boston Terrier puppy who has experienced more than a few ups and downs in her short life. She was purchased from a breeder at six weeks old, and a week later developed parvo virus. Her family was unable to afford the cost of her treatment and she was surrendered to a shelter. For most puppies with parvo, this is quite literally the kiss of death….

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A Dog Named Clancy


Clancy
Photo by Bill Gorgas

The following story was sent to us by Orvis customer Bill Gorgas. It’s a beautiful example of how dogs touch our lives and inspire us to do great things. Here’s Bill’s story:

It all began during Easter weekend in 2014. My wife, Barbara, casually mentioned a story in the local newspaper about two Golden Retrievers, Chase, age 11 and Clancy, age 8, who needed a new home. They belonged to the Monsignor of the local church who was moving to a nursing home and couldn’t take the dogs with him. Since Chase and Clancy were brothers and had always lived together, they also had to be adopted together. Soon after, we officially became their new adoptive parents….

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Petfinder: When the Rescuee Becomes the Rescuer


Ranger and some good friends
Photo by Arizona Beagle Rescue

Ranger is an affable beagle who, for reasons known only to his previous owner, was abandoned at a remote campsite in Arizona. Fortunately he was found and turned in to Arizona Beagle. . .

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Chesapeake Bay Foundation: Success at Harris Creek


Oyster shell is shot into Harris Creek sanctuary
Photo by David Harp

For the past few years Orvis has been proud to partner with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation on their Oyster Restoration project. With decades of overfishing, disease and pollution decimating 99% of the population, reestablishing oysters in the Bay and its watershed would seem to be a herculean task.

We are delighted to share with you a major milestone on the road back to a healthy, clean Chesapeake Bay. The following article by Karl Blankenship appeared in the Bay Journal on October 6th:

Harris Creek was once home to nearly 1,500 acres of Maryland’s best oyster reefs, but in recent decades its oyster population — like those in much of the Bay — had dramatically dwindled.

When biologists surveyed the creek a few years ago, “we barely found an acre that was functioning at what we would consider the historic level,” said Stephanie Westby, oyster project coordinator with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Chesapeake Bay Office.

In fact, only a few hundred thousand oysters remained. With few oysters to rebuild them, the reefs had deteriorated.

In short, Harris Creek looked like much of the rest of the Chesapeake, where oyster numbers are estimated to be at 1 percent or less of their historic abundance.

That was then….

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