• Conservation

    The science is clear: Snake River dams kill too many fish

    Editor's note: In the Pacific Northwest, a long debate about saving the endangered Snake River salmon and steelhead is reaching a head. Trout Unlimited is rallying around proposals to remove the lower four Snake River dams and invest heavily in the region’s economy and communities.   The question of the moment is: Do the Snake dams really need to…

  • Conservation

    The Tongass National Forest should stay roadless

    Fishing and tourism provide 26 percent of the jobs in Southeast Alaska. Logging? One percent. Chris Hunt photo. Few decisions have been as short-sighted as last year’s repeal of the Roadless Rule on Southeast Alaska’s Tongass National Forest, which helps explain why 96 percent of all public comment opposed the repeal.  When large-scale logging first…

  • From the field

    Fishing and hunting on a refuge? You bet

    The Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge, Wyoming. At first blush it may seem odd that hunting and fishing is allowed on wildlife refuges, let alone expanding these uses as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently proposed. After all, they are wildlife refuges, right?   However, hunting and fishing on refuge lands goes back to earliest days of the refuge system…

  • Community

    Orvis icon Leigh Perkins dies at 93

    Leigh Perkins. Orvis photo. Leigh H. Perkins, who purchased The Orvis Company in 1965 and over the next three decades transformed it into one of the country’s most respected sporting, apparel and dog brands, passed away at the age of 93 on May 7, 2021, in Monticello, Fla.  Although he built his reputation as a…

  • Conservation

    Kraft named Orvis Conservationist of the Year

    On April 16, Brian Kraft, owner of Alaska Sportsman’s Lodge in Bristol Bay, Alaska, was named Orvis’ Conservationist of the Year — fitting recognition for his 15-year-long effort to safeguard the Bristol Bay fishery.  Kraft has been a key leader in the fight against the proposed Pebble Mine. While running his sportfishing businesses in Alaska, he led the charge to…