Izaak Walton League of America

2011 Defenders Chapter Achievement Awards

The Izaak Walton League is built on community-based conservation. To acknowledge our most outstanding chapters, the League presents annual Defenders Chapter Achievement Awards. The annual award is taken from the League’s motto, “Defenders of soil, air, woods, waters, and wildlife.”

To receive the award, chapters must meet specific criteria in five of the following six areas: membership, contributions, education, conservation, youth involvement, and communications. Thirty-two chapters received the award in 2012 for their accomplishments the previous year. These groups showcase the depth of the conservation commitment among Izaak Walton League chapters. (We only have room to list one activity per chapter here.)

  • Arlington-Fairfax Chapter (Virginia): Provided $12,000 in college scholarships to students majoring in environmental science.
  • Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chapter (Maryland): Supported six troops of Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and Cub Scouts.
  • Bill Cook Chapter (Wisconsin): Held several activities for youth, including a Youth Conservation Day, hunter education activities, and various projects with Boy Scouts.
  • Brown County Chapter (Wisconsin): Held several community outreach activities, including a Family Conservation Day/Teddy Bear Hunt.
  • Central New York Chapter (New York): Engaged over 40 schools and 1300 students in stream monitoring through Project Watershed.
  • Des Moines Chapter (Iowa): Organized the Iowa Outdoor Youth EXPO for children and families, as well as sponsoring several other youth events.
  • Dwight Lydell Chapter (Michigan)++: Educated the public about invasive species control, Asian carp, and shoreline protection at the Sport & Lakefront Living Show, as well as conducted various other community outreach activities.
  • Elgin Chapter (Illinois): Sponsored local Boy Scout and Cub Scout Troops and worked with the youth on conservation and Eagle Scout projects.
  • Frederick #1 Chapter (Maryland): Held hunter education classes at which instructors went beyond what is required by the state to educate hunters on outdoor ethics. 
  • Fredericksburg-Rappahannock Chapter (Virginia): Held regular road-side cleanup and tree planting activities.
  • Grand Island Chapter (Nebraska): Sponsored a fishing derby for around 300 youth. 
  • Hamilton Chapter (Ohio): Served as a major sponsor of Fishing Has No Boundaries, an organization that manages a week-long fishing event for handicapped children.
  • Harford County (Maryland): Participated in a volunteer stream and wetland clean-up, contributing to the collection of many tons of trash, recyclables, and tires.
  • Kampeska Chapter (South Dakota)++: Participated in Conservation Day at the Bramble Park Zoo; making birdfeeders, handing out bird books, and giving presentations on the League's mission.
  • Lincoln Chapter (Nebraska): Conducted many regular and continuing hunter safety and bowhunting workshops, as well as kids outdoors days.
  • Lois Green-Sligo Chapter (Maryland): Served as a collection site for seeds for the MD DNR and held educational seminars for scouts on seed collection and planting native species. 
  • Loudoun County Chapter (Virginia): Ran an anti-poaching reward fund in cooperation with the state fish and game agency and coordinated county-wide hunter education for the VA DGIF.
  • McCook Lake Chapter (South Dakota): Provided $10,000 in college scholarships to local students, including four attending South Dakota State University.
  • Mountaineer Chapter (West Virginia): Sponsored multiple youth events to teach kids firearm safety, shooting techniques, and shooting range ethics, including how to preserve and use the environment wisely.
  • Owatonna Chapter (Minnesota): Worked with an Eagle Scout prospect on the removal of invasive European buckthorn in a local park. 
  • Rockville Chapter (Maryland): Served as the lead organization in the Great Seneca Watershed project, including performing quarterly SOS testing, monitoring, and training. 
  • Silverton Chapter (Oregon): Supported the Robert Frost School community garden and bought the school ten pairs of binoculars for its daily bird watching activity.
  • Sioux Falls Chapter (South Dakota): Participated in the Sioux Empire Water Festival, providing hands-on displays and printed materials to the approximately 3,000 students ages 9 to 11 and teachers who attended this two-day event.
  • Sportsman’s Chapter (Maryland): Conducted various activities for youth, including a blue bird workshop, kids fishing derby, and Youth Cast & Blast Day.
  • Sunshine Chapter (South Dakota): Held seminars on the outdoors and how to make bird feeders and houses out of recycled materials for approximately 1200 youth and adults.
  • Talbot County Chapter (Maryland): Maintained a recycling center for paper and aluminum cans, with the recycling proceeds funding chapter scholarships. 
  • Tiffin-Seneca County Chapter (Ohio): Provided several activities for youth, including pheasant and rabbit hunts, a city fishing day, a Boy Scout jamboree, and youth hunter safety courses.
  • Warren County Chapter (Iowa): Participated in various youth projects, including hunters education, a kids trout fishing clinic, high school trap, and FFA and 4H activities, as well as hosting the Iowa YHEC event. 
  • Warren County Chapter (Virginia): Engaged in an Anti-Litter Project, picking up trash on 11 miles of road four times, as well as monitoring six streams using 12 certified SOS monitors.
  • Wayne County Chapter (Ohio)++: Hosted a Kid's Adventure Camp for youth ages 8-15 to introduce them to conservation and stream monitoring as well as archery and shooting sports.
  • Wildlife Achievement Chapter (Maryland): Held two watershed clean-ups, as well as conducted invasive plant removal and tree maintenance projects.
  • York Chapter #67 (Pennsylvania): Conducted two hunter safety classes, youth field days, and a fishing derby for kids. 
    ++ 10th Consecutive Year Recognition

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