Manchester, VT- The Orvis Company announced today the winners of their Commitment to Protect Nature Grants for 2011. Every year, Orvis reviews projects submitted from around the world. From those submissions Orvis chooses the best ones to share with their customers in matching grant campaigns in their catalogs and online. This year’s projects reach around the globe and include: Protection of the endangered black rhino of Zimbabwe and of the Coral Triangle fishery
at the intersection of the Indian and Pacific Oceans;
as well as restoration of Montana’s famous Upper Clark Fork River and of the dwindling Florida panther populations.
“The Orvis Company believes that if we are to benefit from the use of our natural resources, we must commit to protecting them. The winners this year exemplify that commitment,” said Orvis CEO Perk Perkins. Perkins recently received the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership’s Lifetime Conservation Achievement Award “We are pleased to endorse these projects to our customers.”
This year’s winners are:
International Rhino Foundation
; The IRF is on the front lines in
The World Wildlife Fund’s Coral Triangle Initiative
; The Coral Triangle harbors 75 percent of all known coral species and some 3,000 species of reef fish. WWF is teaching sustainable fishing practices to keep the “Amazon of the ocean” alive and thriving.
The Clark Fork Coalition;
Meriwether Lewis after William Clark
(both of the famed Lewis and Clark Expedition), The
National Wildlife Refuge Association’s Northern Everglades Program
; Florida’s northern everglades region is home to some of the nation’s most threatened or endangered animal species, including the Florida panther. Orvis is helping to sponsor creation of a new refuge in the everglades to ensure some of our nation’s most endangered species live on for future generations.
For the remainder of 2011, Orvis will match donations to the above efforts and reach out to its customers through both catalog and the Internet to encourage support. You can learn more about the Orvis Commitment to protecting nature and doubling your donation to these worthy and vital organizations at
About The Orvis Commitment
Founded in 1856, Orvis donates five percent of pre-tax profits each year to programs that protect nature and has raised over 10 million dollars through matching grant challenges with its customers over the last 20 years. You can read more about Orvis on their website at
For more information Contact
Orvis Spokesman, James Hathaway