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Untamed Angling Announces Xingu Lodge — A New Operation for Fly Fishing for Giant Payara

MANAUS, Brazil (November 5, 2019) — Untamed Angling is pleased to announce Xingu Lodge — a new destination for jungle fly fishing. Located on the Rio Xingu in the Brazilian Amazon, Xingu Lodge will focus primarily on fly fishing for giant payara.

Payara, one of the ultimate jungle predators, are known largely for their sizable teeth and aggressive behavior. For many years, Untamed Angling sought to find waters where fly anglers could target these remarkable fish and find true trophy payara.

“We searched tirelessly for the ultimate destination for payara,” states Rodrigo Salles, partner and CEO of Brazil Destinations for Untamed Angling. “It turned out that the best location we could find was on the Rio Xingu — a river completely protected on indigenous land by the Kayapo people and very close to Kendjam. It was an exciting secret they were holding, and we are thrilled that they are sharing this special place with us and our guests. It is an exclusive destination with world-class fishing.”

Untamed Angling has exclusive access to these protected waters, where payara are known to reach more than 20 pounds. Additionally, Rio Xingu’s clear waters are ideal for fly anglers who want to target payara with a range of fly fishing techniques and also target additional species such as peacock bass, wolf fish, and more.

Untamed Angling is currently undergoing an exploratory season and working on a new lodge in preparation of their 2020 season. Xingu Lodge has easy travel logistics, and accommodations will include comfortable double occupancy wood cabins with box spring beds, en suite bathrooms, hot water, electricity, satellite WIFI, and delicious food. The camp is located on the banks of the Rio Xingu and looks out over a gorgeous rapid and pool.

About Untamed Angling:

Founded in 2001 by Marcelo Pérez, Untamed Angling takes a unique approach to destination fly fishing by combining fly fishing in exclusive areas with a significant social benefit to local populations and the preservation of natural resources. This model project allows Untamed Angling to explore the best areas for fishing while supporting local communities, cultures, and ecosystems. For more information about Untamed Angling, please visit their website. Also, learn more about Xingu Lodge on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

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Indifly Announces the Indifly Corps — A New Monthly Giving Program with Benefits

SAINT PAUL, Minn. (October 29, 2019) — Indifly is pleased to announce the Indifly Corps — a monthly giving program that allows donors to support Indifly’s efforts while making a stronger connection to their work. As a group of monthly givers on a mission to improve indigenous communities, Indifly Corps donors will become important investors in supporting Indifly’s community partners.

Indifly, a nonprofit organization, uses fly fishing as a tool for transforming the lives of indigenous peoples and protecting valued environments. In an effort to increase their initiatives at the Rewa Eco-Lodge in Guyana, the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming, Anaa Atoll in French Polynesia, and future projects currently in development, Indifly is inviting donors to become sustaining members.

By joining Indifly Corps, donors commit to making a $20 recurring gift each month, which will help Indifly continue to make an impact on the communities they serve. The Indifly Corps gives donors access to special benefits, including exclusive content, entry into a monthly giveaway (with items such as exclusive Indifly apparel, Costa Sunglasses, drinkware from YETI, and gear from other partners), and an annual giveaway of a hosted trip to an Indifly destination.

“Indifly creates sustainable, local economies that empower communities to conserve natural resources,” explains Indifly Executive Director Matt Shilling. “We are excited to launch the Indifly Corps as a vehicle to engage people in our cause. These are not meant to be passive donations — we want Indifly Corps members to feel connected and invested in our mission. For less than 66 cents a day, individuals can have a big impact on the communities we serve.”

The first 100 people who join will get a limited edition Indifly YETI Rambler. Learn more at indifly.org/indiflycorps.

About Indifly:

Indifly is a nonprofit organization that uses fly fishing as a tool for transforming the lives of indigenous peoples and protecting valued environments. Indifly works to create sustainable local economies that empower communities to conserve natural resources. Current Indifly projects include Rewa, Guyana, Anaa Atoll, French Polynesia, and the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming.

For more information about Indifly, please visit indifly.org and follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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Nautilus Reels Launches Custom Reel Builder

MIAMI (October 10, 2019) — Nautilus Reels is pleased to announce the launch of their new online custom reel builder. For years, anglers have sought a range of customizations for their reels, and now these custom reels can be fine-tuned and viewed online before ordering.

“Rather than imagining or calling in a favor at the Nautilus factory to send color combination pictures, you can now use our custom reel builder,” states Kristen Mustad of Nautilus Reels. “Simply go to the custom reel builder on our website, select parts and colors, and easily determine retail pricing. When you’re ready to order, the site will generate a PDF that you can fill in and give to your local fly shop to submit to us.”

Anglers seeking to customize reels care deeply about the smallest details. From frame color to drag knob color to fish engravings, they can now see exactly what they are ordering and easily make changes. Ultimately, this allows anglers to customize reels that perfectly suit their needs and easily place orders with local fly shops.

Learn more:

https://www.nautilusreels.com/product-category/custom-reel-builders/

About Nautilus Reels:

Nautilus Reels produces an award-winning line of reels from its headquarters in Miami, Florida. Nautilus is on the forefront of reel innovation and maintains a tradition of experience and excellence while continuously improving performance. For more information about Nautilus Reels, please visit their website and follow Nautilus on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

 

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30/30 for the Deschutes Urges River Supporters to Take 30 Seconds to Support the Deschutes for 30 Years

BEND, Oregon (October 10, 2019) — 30/30 for the Deschutes is calling on all those who support a healthy Deschutes River to take action today so that the river, its wildlife, and the river community can have a healthier tomorrow.

After decades of mismanagement and irresponsible stewardship, the Deschutes River and some of its tributaries are in danger of collapse. 30/30 for the Deschutes is urging people to submit comments to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service so that the Deschutes River Basin Habitat Conservation Plan, which is in the process of being finalized, considers the needs of the ecosystem as they plan policies and regulations.

Presently, the inadequacy of river flows fail to meet the minimum habitat requirements for the most vulnerable species in the river, including Oregon spotted frogs, trout, steelhead, and salmon. Rivers and fish need water, and 30/30 for the Deschutes calls on river supporters to demand adequate streamflows so that these species are protected and the habitat degradation on the Deschutes does not worsen.

From now through November 18, 2019, which is when the public commenting period for the Deschutes River Basin HCP ends, 30/30 for the Deschutes is urging  people to submit comments to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service via their commenting postcards or an online form available at deschutes3030.org. The individuals at 30/30 for the Deschutes contend that if we do not demand change and this irresponsible water waste continues, we risk losing salmon, steelhead, Oregon spotted frogs, native redband trout, bull trout, and more. They also fear that rural farmers with junior water rights and their communities could risk collapse, that Central Oregon could face negative impacts to outdoor recreation and tourism, and that our community’s quality of life will be forever changed.

About 30/30 for the Deschutes:

30/30 for the Deschutes is a grassroots community-driven effort to get the word out about the public commenting period for the Deschutes River Basin Habitat Conservation Plan. For more information about 30/30 for the Deschutes, please visit their website and find them on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

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Tres Pescados Slam Raises $15,000 for Belize Conservation and the Effort to Ban Gillnets

SAN PEDRO, Belize (August 8, 2019) — Tres Pescados Fly Shop is pleased to announce another successful year of its annual Tres Pescados Slam fishing tournament. The 11th Annual Tres Pescados Slam welcomed guests to Belize to compete in an upbeat and easygoing tournament that had one objective above all else: promoting conservation and ecological sustainability in Belize.

This year the Tres Pescados Slam raised $15,000 for the Coalition for Sustainable Fisheries, which will support the efforts to ban the destructive gillnets that plague the region’s waters.

“There is a tremendous effort underway in Belize to ban gillnets, and the Tres Pescados Slam is proud once again to donate the proceeds of our event to the Coalition for Sustainable Fisheries,” said Wil Flack, owner of Tres Pescados. “I would like to thank all our anglers and sponsors for continuing to support sustainable sport fishing in Belize. This event continues to promote conservation and education so that future generations can enjoy bonefish, permit, and tarpon.”

The success of the tournament is largely due to the generosity of its sponsors, and the Tres Pescados Slam enjoyed support from Simms, YETI, the Belize Tourism Board, Oceana, Costa Sunglasses, Scott Fly Rods, Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures, Tropic Air, El Pescador, Victoria House, Belize Coastal Zone Management Authority & Institute, Holiday Hotel, Marcelo, Belize Permit Club, Hatch Outdoors, and Tangelo.

The fishing at the tournament did not disappoint. “A few slams, some big tarpon, and several permit made for a great tournament,” noted Flack. A total of 11 teamsparticipated this year. Team GoFish (Zach Kolanda and Abbie Marin) took first place,  team Excalibur (Rob Block and Parnell Coc) took second place, and team Redhouse (John and Tina Winkler, Darrel Smith) came in third.

Next year’s Tres Pescados Slam will take place July 15-18, 2020 in San Pedro, Belize.

 

About Tres Pescados Fly Shop:

Located in San Pedro, Tres Pescados Fly Shop is Belize’s only full-service fly shop, offering guided fly fishing trips and charters throughout the country as well as rentals, rod repairs, and a full retail selection. For more information about Tres Pescados, please visit their website and find them on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

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Untamed Angling Announces Expansion into Cuba with an Exploratory Season in 2020 at El Faro Lodge

Untamed Angling Announces Expansion into Cuba with an Exploratory Season in 2020 at El Faro Lodge

SANTA CRUZ DE LA SIERRA, Bolivia (July 18, 2019) — Untamed Angling is pleased to announce the expansion of their operations into Cuba with El Faro Lodge.

Well-known for their lodges in Bolivia and Brazil, as well as their commitment to finding remote and pristine fly fishing destinations that offer world-class experiences unlike any other, Untamed Angling is excited to share Western Cuba with the angling world.

Backcountry flats, coral reefs, and expansive bluewater make these remote waters especially attractive for fly fishing and conventional angling. The Guanahacabibes Peninsula and its national park and biosphere reserve have been preserved for 40 years and offer world-class fishing for many flats and offshore species. The region is not only still wild and without fishing pressure, but it is also home to a unique mix of beaches, channels, mangroves, flats, and bluewater, thereby allowing anglers to take on different waters and experiences each day. El Faro Lodge will be the first and only beachfront fishing lodge in Cuba and will offer the first-class service and luxuries that Untamed Angling destinations are known for.

We are very excited about this new destination in Cuba,” states Marcelo Pérez, CEO and founder of Untamed Angling. “This wild, beautiful, and huge national park and biosphere reserve offer anglers a wide variety of species and many diverse environments. This will be a new challenge and adventure that we are pleased to share with fellow anglers.”

As is with all of their destinations, Untamed Angling is deeply committed to protecting the ecosystem and preserving a way of life for the local community through sustainable fly fishing tourism. With their partners in Cuba, including the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust and Eckerd College, andCuban institutions, including CIM-UH, Guanahacabibes National Park, and the Center for Marine Research at the University of Havana (CIM-UH), Untamed Angling is actively supporting research programs and biological data collection to further understand the fishery and ecosystems.

El Faro Lodge will welcome its first clients for an exploratory season in May 2020.

 

About Untamed Angling:

Founded in 2001 by Marcelo Pérez, Untamed Angling takes a unique approach to destination fly fishing by combining fly fishing in exclusive areas with a significant social benefit to local populations and the preservation of natural resources.This model project allows Untamed Angling to explore the best areas for fishing while supporting local communities, cultures, and ecosystems. For more information about Untamed Angling, please visit their website. Also, learn more about El Faro Lodge on their website and on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

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Indifly Announces “Kio Kio” — A New Film that Explores How Fly Fishing Can Empower Communities to Conserve Resources

Kio Kio Trailer from Indifly on Vimeo.

SAINT PAUL, Minn. (February 13, 2019) — Indifly is pleased to announce the release of “Kio Kio” — a new film that examines how fly fishing on Anaa Atoll (French Polynesia) is creating new economic opportunities while establishing a new ethic of conservation.

In a collaborative effort between Indifly, The Island Initiative, and the community of Anaa, fly fishing is creating new economic opportunities. “Kio Kio” documents these efforts and follows residents of Anaa, scientists, and anglers as they work to find ways to conserve bonefish populations while developing a world-class fly fishing operation.

“Indifly believes in sustainable local economies that empower communities to conserve natural resources,” explains Indifly Executive Director Matt Shilling. “Together with our local partners, The Island Initiative, we have witnessed firsthand a shift in mindset towards conservation on Anaa Atoll. We feel honored to showcase the leadership and commitment demonstrated by the community of Anaa through ‘Kio Kio.’”

Both “Kio Kio” and the project on Anaa Atoll are supported in part by Costa Sunglasses. Peter Vandergrift, Fly Community Leader for Costa, was on hand for the filming.“We are proud that the partnership between Indifly and Costa has made significant strides to protect the way of life and the biodiversity in places like Anaa and Rewa, Guyana,” states Vandergrift. “This film gives a clear view of how so much in these communities are on a knife’s edge and how without goodwill, good science, and real leadership these projects could fall flat.”

Directed by Lucy Kreutz, “Kio Kio” is presently showing in the 2019 Fly Fishing Film Tour.

 

About Indifly:

Indifly is a nonprofit organization that uses fly fishing as a tool for transforming the lives of indigenous people and protecting valued environments. Indifly works to create sustainable local economies that empower communities to conserve natural resources. Current Indifly projects include Rewa, Guyana, Anaa Atoll, French Polynesia, and the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming.

For more information about Indifly, please visit indifly.org and follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.


About Costa:

As the first manufacturer of color-enhancing all-polarized sunglass lenses, Costa combines superior lens technology with unparalleled fit and durability. Still handcrafted in Florida, Costa has made the highest quality, best performing sunglasses and prescription sunglasses (Rx) for outdoor enthusiasts since 1983, and now its product portfolio includes optical frames. Costa’s growing cult-brand status ties directly to its mission to provide high quality products with a focus on sustainability and conservation as the company works hard to protect the waters it calls home. From the use of sustainable materials to its Kick Plastic initiative, Indifly Foundation and strong partnership with shark research organization OCEARCH, Costa encourages people to help protect the Earth’s natural resources in any way they can. Find out more on Costa’s website and join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter at @CostaSunglasses.

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Untamed Angling to Give Away a Trip to Pirarucú to Celebrate “Gigas” — a New Film from The Fly Fishing Nation

“Gigas” (Trailer) – Official Selection, IF4™ 2019 from IF4™ on Vimeo.

Untamed Angling to Give Away a Trip to Pirarucú to Celebrate “Gigas” — a New Film from The Fly Fishing Nation

The new film about fly fishing for arapaima is a selection for the International Fly Fishing Film Festival and RISE Fly Fishing Film Festival

MANAUS, Brazil (January 24, 2019) — Untamed Angling is pleased to announce the release of “Gigas,” a new film from The Fly Fishing Nation. “Gigas” features fly fishing at Pirarucú, an Untamed Angling lodge located in the Mamirauá Sustainable Development Reserve in Brazil.

An official selection for both the International Fly Fishing Film Festival and RISE Fly Fishing Film Festival, “Gigas” follows a group of anglers as they take on giant arapaima in the jungle wilderness of the Amazon. To celebrate the release of the film, Untamed Angling, The Fly Fishing Nation, and The Venturing Angler have teamed up to give away a trip to Pirarucú. The trip giveaway includes five days of guided fly fishing and six nights of accommodations for one at Pirarucú. (Flights and gratuities are not included.)

To enter for a chance to win, attend a screening of the film at the International Fly Fishing Film Festival or RISE Fly Fishing Film Festival, and then post a photo from the event on Instagram with the hashtag #untamedventuringnation and tag @pirarucuflyfish, @untamedangling, @theflyfishingnation, and @venturingangler. One entry per person will be accepted for each event attended, thereby allowing viewers multiple entries. The winner will be randomly selected after both film festivals have ended.

For Rodrigo Salles of Untamed Angling, the film release and trip giveaway are both opportunities to experience Pirarucú. “Untamed Angling is excited to give viewers a glimpse of what fly fishing for arapaima is all about through the film,” says Salles. “Stephan and the team at The Fly Fishing Nation did phenomenal work with this film, and we are excited to give a trip away to one lucky viewer.”

The International Fly Fishing Film Festival and RISE Fly Fishing Film Festival have numerous events in 2019. Dates and locations are listed on each festival website.

 

About Untamed Angling:

Founded in 2001 by Marcelo Pérez, Untamed Angling takes a unique approach to destination fly fishing by combining catch and release fly fishing in exclusive areas with a significant social benefit to local populations and the preservation of natural resources.
This model project allows Untamed to explore the best areas for fishing while supporting local communities, cultures, and ecosystems. For more information about Untamed Angling, please visit their website and follow Untamed Angling on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

Off the Grid Studios Announces New Film — “NexGen”

NEXGEN TRAILER from The Fly Fishing Film Tour on Vimeo.

Off the Grid Studios Announces New Film — “NexGen”

New Film from Off the Grid Studios Will Premiere on the Fly Fishing Film Tour

BEND, Oregon (January 14, 2019) — Off the Grid Studios is pleased to announce a new film — “NexGen.” With support from the Orvis Company, Scientific Anglers, and WorldCast Anglers, the latest from Off the Grid Studios will premiere on the 2019 Fly Fishing Film Tour.

In “NexGen,” filmmaker RA Beattie tells the story of generational bonds and friendships formed through fly fishing. In the film, Beattie offers a new perspective, as the film is told from the point of view and with the narration of Jack Buccola — a 12-year-old angler from Bend, Oregon. The film follows Jack as he experiences living in a fly fisherman’s house, witnesses the impact of fires on his home waters, and explores new waters on a road trip with his father Ryan, friend Judd Field, and Judd’s father Pete. Throughout the journey, Jack grows to appreciate the steelhead of the Northwest, the native cutthroat trout found on the South Fork of the Snake River and other tributaries, and Jack also realizes the potential for more travel with a tying business.

“Our 2019 production ‘NexGen’ takes viewers along for a ride on a more attainable, grassroots adventure here at home in the American West,” explains Beattie. “I’m very proud of our entire team and excited to bring the young cast, epic eats, and stunning nature scenes to the big screen in theaters around the world.”

“NexGen” will be featured on the 2019 Fly Fishing Film Tour, which begins Jan. 19, 2019, in Bozeman, Montana. This is the 16th film from Off the Grid Studios/Beattie Outdoors Productions in the Fly Fishing Film Tour, and the filmmakers have had official selections in the Fly Fishing Film Tour since the event began 13 years ago.

“NexGen” was directed, edited, and produced by RA Beattie, produced and filmed by Bryan Gregson, written by Sarah Grigg and Tim Harden, filmed and edited by Will Phelps, and audio engineered by Troy Hermes, with still photography from Arian Stevens. Marko Milosevic contributed the graphics.

About Off the Grid Studios:

Off the Grid Studios is a network of talented people from around the world who take the creative process from concept to fruition. From content creation to marketing, the Off the Grid Studios team has been delivering creative storytelling for more than a decade.

For more information about Off the Grid Studios, please visit their website and follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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Nautilus Reels Announces Limited Edition No Pebble Mine XM Reel to Benefit the Sportsman’s Alliance for Alaska

Nautilus Reels Announces Limited Edition No Pebble Mine XM Reel to Benefit the Sportsman’s Alliance for Alaska

Collaborative Effort Between Nautilus Reels and S. Kent Rockwell Foundation to Net $12,500 to Assist Fight for Bristol Bay

MIAMI (September 24, 2018) — In collaboration with the S. Kent Rockwell Foundation, Nautilus Reels has created a limited edition No Pebble Mine XM reel to benefit the Sportsman’s Alliance for Alaska and the effort to protect Bristol Bay.

The famed Bristol Bay region of Southwest Alaska is widely regarded as one of the premier fishing destinations on the planet. Anglers visiting Bristol Bay dream of chasing Dolly Varden, Arctic char, grayling, northern pike, lake trout, all five species of Pacific salmon, and perhaps most of all, the unique leopard rainbow trout that grow to epic proportions. Recreational fishing and tourism in the region contribute $90 million to Alaska’s economy each year. The staggering return of over 62 million fish in 2018 makes the Bristol Bay sockeye salmon fishery the most productive in the world – valued at $1.5 billion annually and responsible for 14,000 jobs. It’s an economic and biological powerhouse. 

Most anglers are aware that the Bristol Bay fishery has faced the threat of the proposed Pebble Mine for over a decade. The threat is now more serious than ever, as the backers of the mine currently have an application under review by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). Seemingly driven more by politics than science, the USACE is proceeding at a breakneck pace and bending over backward to move the process forward. The need to enlist America’s outdoors enthusiasts and brands in this effort is urgent. The Sportsman’s Alliance for Alaska has been working on those fronts for over 10 years, engaging anglers and hunters from coast to coast as well as companies that sell everything from fly gear to hunting goods.

A precision fly reel is an investment. In this instance, it’s also an investment that pays off handsomely for one of sportfishing’s biggest conservation battles. Beginning on September 24, only 25 individually numbered No Pebble Mine Limited Edition Nautilus XM reels will be available. Thanks to a generous donation from the S. Kent Rockwell Foundation, for every $375 reel sold, $500 will be donated to the Sportsman’s Alliance for Alaska to continue the fight to protect Bristol Bay from the Pebble Mine.

“One of our principle areas of focus as a foundation is conservation,” notes Kris Rockwell of the S. Kent Rockwell Foundation. “While it’s important to fix places that have already been degraded, we must also fight to protect places that are wild and unspoiled. There is no better example of such a place than Bristol Bay. It’s a pleasure to combine efforts with a great brand like Nautilus on this limited edition reel to raise money that will be used to ensure Bristol Bay’s amazing natural and renewable resources are protected for generations to come.”

For Scott Hed, Director at the Sportsman’s Alliance for Alaska, the joint fundraising effort highlights the widespread commitment to protecting Bristol Bay. “It’s a well-known fact that Bristol Bay has its supporters from all over the United States and beyond,” states Hed. “When a premier fly reel maker from Florida partners with a generous donor from Pennsylvania to defend this amazing fishery in Alaska, that’s just the latest example of how important this issue and resource is.”

For Nautilus Reels owner Kristen Mustad, the effort to protect Bristol Bay is critical. “We’ve got the No Pebble Mine flag proudly flying in our machine shop,” he states. “When this opportunity came up to raise some money to support the fight, it was a total no-brainer — and the matching funds component just puts it over the top. We’re thrilled to partner with the S. Kent Rockwell Foundation and Sportsman’s Alliance for Alaska, and we’re not backing down until Bristol Bay’s future is secured.”

Orders of these limited edition reels must be placed directly with Nautilus by calling (305) 625-3437.

About Nautilus Reels:

Nautilus Reels produces an award-winning line of reels from its headquarters in Miami, Florida. Nautilus is on the forefront of reel innovation and maintains a tradition of experience and excellence while continuously improving performance. For more information about Nautilus Reels, please visit their website and follow Nautilus on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

About the Sportsman’s Alliance for Alaska:

The Sportsman’s Alliance for Alaska is a project to engage anglers and hunters, groups to which they belong, outdoor brands, and the outdoor media in campaigns to conserve fish and game habitat in The Last Frontier for the benefit and enjoyment of future generations. Take action here.

About the S. Kent Rockwell Foundation:

Based in Pittsburgh, PA, the S. Kent Rockwell Foundation is focused on working with partners in order to continue to rehabilitate, preserve, and maintain our world’s most precious natural environments and benefit societal and humanitarian needs.Learn more on their website.

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