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.

1,000 Miles: Hayes Brook, post-Irene

Written by: Mark Taylor


The under-sized and somewhat squashed Hayes Brook culvert
Photo by Trout Unlimited

So many reconstruction projects throughout New England are linked to the record-breaking floods brought by 2011′s Tropical Storm Irene. The latest installment in the Orvis/Trout Unlimited 1,000 Miles Campaign is one such project….

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The Grand Canyon: Leave It As It Is


Written by: Daryl Kenny

How’s this for magnificent?!
Photo by Thomas Blate

You may recall the lyrics from the old Joni Mitchell song, “They paved Paradise, they put up a parking lot…”. The Paradise at risk this time is nothing less than our own incomparable Grand Canyon! American Rivers reports that the Number 1 Most Endangered River in the USA is the Colorado in the Grand Canyon. This video explains why

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Chesapeake Bay Foundation: Oyster Migration: Fact or Fiction?


Where is Oyster Shelly off to?!
Photo by CBF

The following article, written by CBF Senior Naturalist John Page Williams, was first posted on the CBF website on April 1, 2015:

Oyster Shelly is on the move! After vacationing in the Caribbean Sea for the winter, she, along with the osprey, have come back home to the Chesapeake. We’ve been tracking Oysters Shelly, Rocky, and Pearl throughout their migration. Check it out . . .

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Orvis/TU 1,000 Miles: Nason Brook, Woodlawn Cemetery Culvert


Written by: Daryl Kenny

Woodlawn Cemetery culvert, pre-Irene
Photo by Greg Russ

Suppose you had a faulty culvert that was all set to be retrofitted to improve fish passage, and suppose a particularly tempestuous storm called Irene came to call! Courtesy of our friends at Trout Unlimited, here’s the story of what happened to the Woodlawn Cemetery culvert on Nason Brook in Rochester, VT under just those circumstances….

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Chesapeake Bay Foundation: Reef Ball Fact Sheet


Written by: Daryl Kenny

A curious sea bass checks out one of CBF’s reef balls
Photo by CBF

For the second year in a row, an Orvis Customer Matching Grant has been awarded to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Oyster Restoration program. Oysters are one on Mother Nature’s most efficient water filters, and through the increase of their numbers and health, the health of the Bay is being reclaimed….

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Video: A Cool Timelapse of How a Culvert Project Creates More Trout Habitat


Written by: Daryl Kenny

One of the happy, healthy residents of Fish Creek
Photo by Trout Unlimited

Check out this amazing timelapse video of the repair of a wildly dysfunctional culvert on Fish Creek, UT. For more information on how Orvis is partnering with Trout Unlimited to. . .

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Orvis/TU 1,000 Miles: George Creek


Written by: Daryl Kenny

George Creek culvert prior to replacement. Note width of outflow pool and overflow pipe, above right.
Photo by NNWC

George Creek Culvert Project – Nestucca River, Oregon

The Nestucca River on Oregon’s North Coast is a major producer of wild salmon (chinook, coho, chum) and trout (winter steelhead and coastal cutthroat). George Creek is a critical spawning and rearing tributary to the lower Nestucca used by all of these species.

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