April 17, 2023
Orvis' Vice President of Conservation & Sustainability, Laura Schaffer, is heading to Washington to urge Congress to continue to fund Everglades restoration to help the multitude of plants and animals that rely on the ecosystem. The restoration will stabilize the shoreline, bring back carbon sequestration capacity, provide a 4:1 financial return to Florida’s economy for money invested in restoration, and create more than 440,000 jobs. The bipartisan appropriations committee approved $447M in FY23 for Everglades Restoration, and recently $1.1 billion was approved in the bipartisan federal infrastructure package. Orvis, the Everglades Foundation, and Captains for Clean Water are bringing awareness to the topic to support Florida’s $33 billion outdoor economy.
Earlier this week, Orvis ran a full-page ad in The Wall Street Journal urging policy makers on Capitol Hill to keep up that funding. From Simon Perkins, President of Orvis:
“The time is now to protect Florida’s $33 billion outdoor economy and ensure a healthy, thriving Everglades for our kids and future generations. At Orvis, we’ve been committed to restoring Florida’s Everglades, and for decades progress was thought impossible. Now, with support of our customers, fishing guides, nonprofit partners and policy makers, finishing the largest ecosystem restoration project in the world is within sight. We cannot wait.”
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