CONSERVATION CURRENTS SEPTEMBER 2013
In This Issue
IWLA Strategic Plan Now Available in Print and Online
IWLA Strategic Plan Now Available in Print and Online
This month, the League will mail a booklet version of the new strategic plan to all chapters, divisions, and national directors. This booklet is not only a great resource for League members, it can also be a useful tool to educate prospective members, community leaders, potential funders, and others about the League and the conservation and outdoor recreation goals we are working to accomplish.
You can find this booklet version of the strategic plan (along with a plain text version) on the League Web site. Consider including a link to this page in your chapter or division newsletter and on your Web site. The shortcut Web address is www.iwla.org/strategicplan.
No Money for Key Conservation Programs?
The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) – the program that helps make public lands available for us to hunt, hike, and enjoy – and other key conservation programs would receive zero dollars in the next fiscal year if certain House appropriators get their way. In July, the House subcommittee that funds the Department of the Interior, U.S. Forest Service, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) voted to eliminate all funding for five longstanding conservation programs, including the LWCF.
The League understands the importance of fiscal responsibility. However, the federal deficit is not going to be fixed by eliminating important conservation programs that total less than 1 percent of all discretionary spending – a percentage that has been declining for decades.
Corps To Host Missouri River Recovery Meetings
The Army Corps of Engineers is engaged in a three-year effort to evaluate the effectiveness of habitat development projects on the Missouri River and determine whether modifications are necessary to more effectively create habitat and avoid jeopardizing endangered species.
As part of this effort, the Corps will host webinars on September 11 and September 18, 2013, to gather public input. The agency wants to hear your thoughts on management of the river and the importance of fish and wildlife habitat and recreational opportunities. Information you provide will help the Corps evaluate the effectiveness and impacts of current operations and make appropriate changes.
You can participate from your home computer or at a host location. For more details, including the list of host locations, visit the Missouri River Recovery Program Web site or contact IWLA Regional Conservation Coordinator Paul Lepisto at email@example.com.
No Child Left Inside Act Introduced
To reconnect more youth with nature and address critical environmental challenges, U.S. Senators Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Jack Reed (D-RI) and U.S. Representatives John Sarbanes (D-MD) and Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA) introduced legislation to strengthen and expand environmental education in America's classrooms.
The No Child Left Inside Act of 2013 will help expand environmental education in schools across the country by bringing locally developed environmental education programs to more schools and providing federal assistance to states to develop and implement environmental literacy plans. The legislation would also encourage partnerships to provide professional development for teachers on the use of field-based experiential learning.
The League supports this legislation, and we need your help to advance the bill. Please visit the League's online Advocacy Center and urge your representatives to support the No Child Left Inside Act.
Officer Report Form Now Online
The League recently added a feature to our Web site: An online Officer Report Form for chapter and division leaders. This new tool makes updating officer lists quick and easy.
Chapter and division presidents, secretaries, and membership officers can log onto the League Web site any time to
To access this system, visit the "Chapter Leadership" page within the Chapters section of the League Web site to access the login page. To safeguard member privacy, only presidents, secretaries, and membership officers can access officer records online. Note: Every chapter and division president, secretary, and membership officer received a user name and password in August.
We have a few helpful tips for you, which you can find on our Web site at www.iwla.org/screenhints (PDF link). If you cannot access the database or have questions about how to use it, please contact Maia Nkansah (301-548-0150 x208, firstname.lastname@example.org) or Tara Scibelli (301-548-0150 x255, email@example.com).
NEW Youth in the Outdoors Workshops
League members across the country are leading the way in connecting youth with hunting, fishing, conservation, and the great outdoors. If you are interested in starting a youth program or enhancing one you already have, don't miss our upcoming youth workshops:
A registration fee of just $20 includes meals and all workshop materials. Space is limited, so please register early! (Pre-registration is required. DEADLINE: September 18, 2013.) You can find more details and download a registration form on the League's Youth Programs Web page.
Celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day: September 28
National Hunting and Fishing Day encourages people from all walks of life to learn more about outdoor skills and conservation through hunting, shooting, fishing, archery, and more. Help make National Hunting and Fishing Day a success by hosting an event at your chapter or in your community – whether it's an archery event, hunter education class, or fishing tournament.
Need poles for a youth fishing derby? Your chapter can buy youth fishing gear at a discount through the League's partnership with Zebco. Visit the Chapters section of the League Web site to download an order form.
You can find a link to the National Hunting and Fishing Day Event Planning Guide, plus tips from the IWLA Chapter Manual on hosting an event, on the League's Web site.
The Izaak Walton League of America is a proud sponsor of National Hunting and Fishing Day®.
Lend a Hand for Public Lands
National Public Lands Day on September 28 is a great opportunity to get outdoors and "lend a helping hand for America's lands."
From local and state parks to national forests and wildlife refuges, Americans have access to the most extensive network of public lands in the world. For 20 years, National Public Lands Day has gathered citizens across the country to celebrate these lands and volunteer to maintain, restore, and enhance them. Last year, more than 175,000 people volunteered at more than 2,000 sites across the country. It's a great opportunity to engage your community in a conservation project on land that everyone can enjoy.
The National Public Lands Day Web site is a great resource for finding volunteer opportunities. You can also post your own public-lands project to the site.
Shop for a Cause
Buy your outdoor gear at ProGuideDirect.com and receive $25 off your purchase of $100 or more. Enter the code IWLA13 at checkout. Your purchase will also help support the League! Shop ProGuideDirect.com/IWLA.
Resource of the Month: Young Ikes Activity Books
Looking for something to hand out at your next youth event? Purchase sets of Young Ikes Activity books – available for ages 5-8 and ages 9-11 – for youth-focused materials to help children understand the natural world around them and what they can do to protect our precious natural resources.
If you have any questions about this newsletter or other IWLA programs, please contact:
Founded in 1922, the Izaak Walton League of America protects America's outdoors through community-based conservation, education, and the promotion of outdoor recreation.
PHOTO CREDITS: USDA Agricultural Research Service/Jack Dykinga (1), Izaak Walton League of America (2), Nature's Paparazzi (1), iStock (3), Dwight Lydell Chapter - IWLA (1), National Park Service (1)