Russian River: Restoring Endangered Salmon

Endangered coho salmon returning to the Russian River, California
Photo by Nick Bauer

By Deborah Seiler and Mariska Obedzinski

The Russian River watershed once supported tens of thousands of coho salmon, attracting anglers from around the world. By the end of the last century, their numbers had dwindled. . .

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Anglers Must Stand Up for the Beaverhead

Written by: Guy Alsentzer and Wade Fellin

The Beaverhead River is home to some beautiful trout.
Photo courtesy Big Hole Lodge

The Beaverhead is one of the Lower 48’s finest fisheries. Its upper reaches are a classic tailwater fishery, while its middle and lower stretches more resemble a spring creek, with clear. . .

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Make Your Voice Heard Today: No Pebble Mine

Bristol Bay is home to the world’s last great wild salmon run.

Today, the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology is meeting to discuss the future of Pebble Mine. The catalyst for the hearing is this report, which was paid for by the Pebble. . .

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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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Rare: Managed Access on a Roll

Beautiful Dangriga in southern Belize
Photo by Rare

For the past two years Orvis and its wonderful customers have helped to fund Rare Conservation’s Fish Forever campaign in Belize. Preserving and protecting vitally important (and breathtakingly beautiful) sites like the one above through Managed Access not only helps to save our natural resources but also leads to economic stability. Everyone wins

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Charlotte, You’ve Spoken! #MyOutdoorsCharlotte

Hey Charlotte, NC! We’re really excited to partner with the North Carolina Wildlife Federation and will donate up to $5,000 to their Catawba River Restoration Project, but we need your help. It’s fun and it’s easy. . .

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1,000 Miles: We’re Almost There!

Farmer Creek, OR
Photo by Trout Unlimited

Put yourself into the scene above. Imagine standing on the banks of the tranquil Farmer Creek in Oregon on a warm autumn afternoon, listening to the music of the stream. Not too long ago this idyllic trout spawning ground was blocked by a perched culvert. Thanks to the Orvis/TU 1,000 Miles Campaign this stream is once again full of life. Wouldn’t you love to see more of this?…

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Exploring Zach Collier’s Important Place

Written by: Zach Collier

Kayaking on the North Fork of the Smith River.
Photo by Nate Wilson

Editor’s note: Today’s guest blog is a part of the America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series highlighting the Rogue and Smith rivers in Oregon and California. Our guest blogger is Zach Collier, a river guide, photographer and owner of the Northwest Rafting Company. Zach has a special place in his heart for these beautiful wild rivers. Join us as we celebrate the Rogue and Smith rivers in Oregon and California throughout September, and be sure to take action before the deadline of September 25!

My passion for Southwest Oregon’s rugged and remote Kalmiopsis Country began with kayak trips down California’s North Fork of the Smith River, whose headwaters begin in the. . .

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New Perkins Wildlife Center & Woods Garden to Open Next Spring

The center is named for Ralph Perkins II, who was passionate about nature before his tragic death at a young age.

Leigh H. Perkins bought The Orvis Company in 1965, and the family has owned and run the Manchester, Vermont-based company ever since. (Leigh’s sons, Perk and Dave, now serve as. . .

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