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.

Chesapeake Bay Foundation: What Are Oysters Hiding???


Written by: Daryl Kenny

How much do you know about oysters?!
Photo by CBF

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Oyster Restoration project has been one of Orvis’ Customer Matching Grants for the past two years. Oysters are pretty remarkable little rascals who have more talents than most of us realize!

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CBF: Supreme Court Backs Chesapeake Bay Clean-Up Plan


Written by: Daryl Kenny

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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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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NWF: Northern Rockies and Prairies Photo Contest


Written by: Daryl Kenny

Luck Shines on the Fishing Hole
Photo by Leah Grunzke

Tomorrow is the last day to enter the NWF/Orvis Northern Rockies and Prairies Photo Contest. Don’t miss your chance to have your photo appear in next summer’s National Wildlife Magazine as well as to win a $500 gift card from Orvis. Want to see what you’re up against?…

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Chesapeake Bay Foundation: Success at Harris Creek


Written by: Daryl Kenny

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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