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September 21, 2006

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Battenkill Battle: Proposal to stock non-native rainbows irks Orvis

To many of us who fish it, the well-known Battenkill River of Vermont and New York, however trouble, is special and therefore shouldn’t be treated like any other put and take stream. So it comes as no great surprise that a recent proposal by the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department to introduce sterile, non-native rainbow trout has drawn strong opposition from the The Orvis Company, based in Manchester. “We are very upset,” says chief executive officer Lee Perkins—so much so that company is considering withdrawing a $100,000 grant for habitat restoration on the river. Here’s the full story.

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