American Rivers statement on the passing of Leigh Perkins

May 13, 2021

May 13, 2021 
Contact: Amy Souers Kober, 503-708-1145 

American Rivers President and CEO Tom Kiernan released the following statement on the passing of Leigh H. Perkins Sr., Chairman Emeritus and former President of Orvis, and longtime champion for river conservation: 

“Leigh Perkins built Orvis not only into a successful business helping people connect with rivers and the outdoors, but he instilled a powerful conservation ethic into the company. With Leigh’s leadership, Orvis has been a generous supporter of American Rivers, advancing river restoration and protection efforts. We extend our deepest sympathy to his family. Leigh’s legacy will endure in the love and wonder for rivers that he helped spark for so many people, and in healthy rivers and streams nationwide.”