For the month of May, as part of our Great Giveback Days event, Orvis customers have a unique opportunity to support conservation of vital salmonid habitat in Alaska’s Bristol Bay. The best part? When you give $10 to The Conservation Fund/Pedro Bay Rivers Project, you will receive $10 off your current order. You read that right: You give $10 to help preserve the world’s last great wild-salmon population, and we’ll give you that $10 back on your order. Talk about a no-brainer.
The Pedro* Bay Rivers Project aims to conserve more than 44,000 acres of vital habitat at the northeastern end of Iliamna Lake that’s essential to the health and vitality of Bristol Bay, the people who live there, and the world-renowned commercial-fishing and sportfishing industries. A partnership between the Pedro Bay Corporation, the Bristol Bay Heritage Land Trust, and The Conservation Fund intends to place three conservation easements on lands along the Pile River, Iliamna River, and Knutson Creek, waters that provide spawning grounds for the extraordinary returns of sockeye salmon year after year.
The conservation easements will not only protect the important salmon habitat, but to also prevent the construction of an industrial-scale road that is part of the proposed Pebble Mine plan. Once conserved, the Pedro Bay Corporation will continue to own and manage the lands for recreation, cultural and subsistence activities. The Pedro Bay Rivers project will also protect habitat for many other species, including all five species of Pacific salmon, rainbow trout, Dolly Varden, migratory birds, moose, seal, brown bear, and wolf.
*Pedro is pronounced peedro in this instance.