MANCHESTER - The Orvis Company, Inc. of Manchester, Vermont announced the four recipients of its annual Orvis Customer Matching Grants, two of whom are continuations from 2012. The cornerstone of Orvis' perennial commitment of 5 percent of its pre-tax profits to protecting nature, this year's grants are targeted to raise $430,000 or more for these projects, and are part of a more than $1 million commitment to conservation and other philanthropic causes this year.

Orvis has awarded cash grants coupled with a challenge to raise customer contributions up to equal amounts to the following organizations: Trout Unlimited, to continue its multi-year collaboration with Orvis to establish the Orvis/Trout Unlimited 1,000 Miles Campaign, which will reconnect 1,000 miles of stream passage for fish in watersheds throughout the United States over the next several years. Previously known as the Orvis/Trout Unlimited Culvert Fund, this project will open up waterways through the repair, modification and/or removal of culverts and other obstructions which prevent fish from accessing vital upstream spawning habitat.

* The Petfinder Foundation, for its programs benefitting animal shelters and providing homes for rescued dogs across America. Another repeat, this program, whose goal is to ensure that no adoptable pet is euthanized for lack of a loving home, was so popular with Orvis customers that it exceeded its goal twice over in 2012.

* The Stop Pebble Mine campaign will be Orvis' top conservation priority for 2013. Orvis will partner with Trout Unlimited in their campaign to convince Washington and the EPA to block the Pebble Mine.

* The Battersea Working Dogs Programme is Orvis' first ever matching grant in the UK. This initiative continues a proud legacy of placing once unwanted dogs into valuable service, training animals for police, security and rescue service as well as for medical and military assistance.

Throughout 2013, Orvis will feature each of the four grant programs in its catalogs, website, and retail stores, as well as in other print and online promotions, social media and its conservation blog. Each partner organization will also feature the grant program in their marketing channels. These promotional efforts, coupled with the matching funds from Orvis, provide a remarkable opportunity for customers, organization members and the general public to amplify their contribution to the protection of nature through these programs.

In addition to the company's matching grants, Orvis will donate over $500,000 this year in smaller grants to conservation organizations including The Nature Conservancy, American Rivers, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, The Conservation Fund, Atlantic Salmon Federation, Bonefish-Tarpon Trust, Ducks Unlimited, Ruffed Grouse Society, Rare Conservation, Project Healing Waters, Casting for Recovery, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and others.

Founded in 1856, Orvis now operates multiple catalog titles, three websites, more than 80 retail stores in the U. S. and the U. K. including its Flagship Store in Manchester, Vermont, and serves a network of over 400 authorized dealers worldwide. Learn more at www.orvis.com.