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Advocacy


  • America’s Great Outdoors Report The report outlines a 21st century vision for conservation in America that encompasses public and private lands, places a renewed emphasis on urban parks, prioritizes our waters as recreational and community resources, and commits to long-term investment in conservation and outdoor recreation. League Conservation Director Scott Kovarovics offers an overview of the major issues and recommendations addressed in the report.     
  • Testimony on Federal Funding Priorities Each year, Congress develops appropriations bills that fund government agencies and programs.  This process provides the League with the...  

Agriculture


Annual Report


  • 2012 Izaak Walton League Annual Report Since our founding in 1922, the Izaak Walton League of America has lived up to our mission as “Defenders of America’s soil, air, woods, waters, and wildlife.” We secured new wildlife refuges, saved forests from excessive clear-cutting, cleaned up the nation’s air and water, and improved farmland management to conserve soil and water resources. However, over the ensuing decades, many of America’s conservation challenges evolved. The mission of the Izaak Walton League is just as relevant today as it was 90 years ago.     

Clean Air and Energy


Clean Water


Climate Change


Conservation Currents


  • Conservation Currents April 2014 IN THIS ISSUE: New Edition of Compleat Angler Looks at Conservation Past, Present, and Future; A Good Day for Water; Farm Bill Webinar: April 3; Ikes Gather in the Golden State; Army Corps Short-Changes Science on Upper Mississippi; Creek Freaks Training Available; National Awards Deadline: June 1; IWLA Sponsors National Hunting and Fishing Day; IWLA Youth Program Survey     
  • Conservation Currents March 2014 IN THIS ISSUE: Last Call for Chapter Award Nominations * March Webinar Series: "Youth in the Outdoors" * IWLA National Convention Keynote Speaker Announced * Izaak Walton League Makes a Splash with the Army Corps * Farm Bill Battles Still To Be Fought; March 12 Webinar Highlights Challenges Ahead * Preserving Wilderness Values in South Dakota Grasslands * Clean Water Rule Coming Soon? * Sportsmen Bill on the Move * Last Chance for IWLA Scholarships – Deadline April 1 * IWLA in the News     
  • Conservation Currents February 2014 IN THIS ISSUE: Comments Due February 14 for Important Environmental Review of Corps' Mississippi River Work * Conservation Priorities Advanced in New Farm Bill * IWLA National Convention: July 14-18 in Anaheim, CA * Register Today for Our "Youth in the Outdoors" Webinar Series * Seeking Nominees for Chapter Volunteer Award     
  • Conservation Currents January 2014 IN THIS ISSUE: Survey Says: League Chapters Achieving Results * Save the Date: “Youth in the Outdoors” Webinar Series * New Clean Water Staff, Training Opportunities * League Speaks Up for Clean Water * Water Resources Bill Stalls Out in Congress * Maintaining Multiple Use for Backcountry Lands * League Cautions U.S. State Department about Keystone XL Pipeline * Offsetting Oil and Gas Impacts on North Dakota’s Landscapes * National Award Nominations Now Open * IWLA Scholarship Deadline: April 1, 2014     
  • Conservation Currents December 2013 IN THIS ISSUE: Farm Bill's Fate To Be Decided in Next Two Weeks * Park Service Recognizes Missouri River Water Trail * Bring "Outdoor America" to Your Next Event * Resource of the Month: Chapter Leader Training DVD     
  • Conservation Currents November 2013 IN THIS ISSUE: Water Resources Bill: Good, Bad, and Ugly * League 2013 Conservation Policy Handbook * Does Water Flow Downstream – and Does It Matter? * Wildlife Refuges Drive the Outdoor Recreation Economy     
  • Conservation Currents October 2013 IN THIS ISSUE: IWLA Strategic Plan: Moving Forward * Hunters Shut Out by Government Shutdown * League Opposes House Efforts To Defund Conservation * League Comments Against Power Plant Water Pollution * League Supports Native Wildlife on Sheldon Refuge * Last Call for Officer Report Forms * Tiny Ikes: Fall Into Outdoor Learning in October * Save Our Stream Workshop * Creek Freaks Teachers Workshop     
  • Conservation Currents September 2013 IN THIS ISSUE: IWLA Strategic Plan Now Available in Print and Online * No Money for Key Conservation Programs? * Corps To Host Missouri River Recovery Meetings * No Child Left Inside Act Introduced * Officer Report Form Now Online * New Youth in the Outdoors Workshops * Celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day: September 28 * Lend a Hand for Public Lands     
  • Conservation Currents August 2013 IN THIS ISSUE: IWLA Strategic Plan Approved * League Members Elect National Leaders * Convention Delegates Adopt New Conservation Policies * Working To Restore America's River * 2013 Farm Bill Update * New Development Director Joins League Staff * League Members, Chapters, and Supporters Honored With Awards     
  • Conservation Currents July 2013 IN THIS ISSUE: Final Draft of IWLA Strategic Plan Available Online * Victory for Upper Mississippi River Restoration * IWLA National Convention: July 23-26 * Youth Workshop at IWLA Convention * Share Your Story to Raise League Visibility     
  • Conservation Currents June 2013 IN THIS ISSUE: Your Input Needed on IWLA Draft Strategic Plan * IWLA National Convention: July 23-26 * National Youth Convention * Youth Workshop at IWLA Convention * 2013 Farm Bill Update * League Joins National Hunting and Angling Groups to Issue Conservation Agenda     
  • Conservation Currents May 2013 IN THIS ISSUE: Strategic Plan Available for Review in May * Help Raise IWLA National Visibility * Learn More About Threats to the Upper Mississippi * Input Needed on Missouri River Conservation Plan * League Policy Priorities for 2013 * League Testifies on Budget Priorities * National Awards Deadline: June 1     

Conservation Policies


Factsheets


  • About Us The Izaak Walton League of America works at the local, regional, and national levels to advocate for sensible solutions to the most pressing challenges facing America’s natural resources.     
  • Advancing Renewable Energy To reduce our dependence on foreign sources of oil and better protect the environment, the League works to identify and promote new sources of renewable energy that are on the cutting edge of current technology.     
  • Agriculture The League advocates for farming practices that sustain both natural resources and people.     
  • Cleaning the Air The League's recent work focused on cleaning up coal-fired power plants—a major source of air pollutants that contribute to smog, acid rain, mercury pollution, and global warming.     
  • Clean Water The Izaak Walton League is committed to improving the health of America’s waterways through local action and national advocacy.     
  • Conserving Farmland More than half of America’s land is used for agriculture. It’s critical that these lands, which provide food for our tables and habitat for wildlife, are managed in a way that balances production with conservation.     
  • Conserving Wetlands Wetlands provide habitat for countless birds, amphibians, fish, insects, and other species. They also act as natural filters, cleansing pollutants from runoff. Protecting wetlands is vital to safeguarding clean water.     
  • Energy How we obtain and use energy has far-reaching implications for human health, fish and wildlife, and the Earth’s climate. The Izaak Walton League works to reduce emissions of harmful air pollutants, prevent global warming, promote energy efficiency, and foster the use of renewable energy.     
  • Managing the Missouri River Manmade changes of the Missouri River’s natural flows for navigation have degraded habitat for fish and wildlife. Agricultural pollution is also a threat. The League is working to restore and protect the river for future generations.     
  • Managing the Upper Mississippi River The Upper Mississippi River is one of the most complex ecosystems on Earth. The Izaak Walton League led the fight to create the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge in 1924. Today, our efforts focus on reforming the river’s lock-and-dam navigation system and reducing polluted runoff from farms.     
  • Monitoring and Restoring Streams The League has trained thousands of citizen stream monitors and empowered them to achieve watershed conservation and restoration goals using their monitoring data.     
  • Outdoor Ethics/Shooting Sports The Izaak Walton League inspires outdoor enthusiasts to take personal responsibility for protecting the outdoors and conserving fish and wildlife for future generations.     
  • Promoting Energy Efficiency For almost two decades, the League has worked to lay the building blocks for a more energy efficient economy. Working with citizen activists, government decision makers, and utilities, we craft solutions that make economic sense and protect our environment.     
  • Stopping the Spread of Invasive Species Invasive species such as zebra mussels and Eurasian milfoil have infested America’s waterways, crowding out native species and causing billions of dollars in damage to marinas, recreational fisheries, and other facilities. The League is working to stop the spread of invasive species by educating recreationists and advocating for better regulation of ballast water.     

Fish & Wildlife


  • Battling for Survival America’s bats are losing the battle against White Nose Syndrome. What does that mean for our future?     
  • Hunting for Hunters The League is setting its sights on recruiting new hunters — to conserve outdoor America and benefit the economy.     
  • Restoring America's River: Using the Water Resources Act To Mend the Upper Mississippi River Structures built to facilitate barge navigation on the Mississippi River significantly damaged river ecosystems. In this report, the Nicollet Island Coalition shows how existing federal programs can be used to restore the river and create diverse local economies while maintaining the river's role in America's transportation system.     
  • Seeds of Destruction The spread of invasive plants threatens wildlife. As hunters, we need to become part of the solution – instead of part of the problem.     
  • Wildlife for the 21st Century (Volume IV) The League and dozens of the nation’s leading hunting, angling, and conservation groups have joined together to make recommendations to President Obama and national policymakers to strengthen conservation, management of fish, wildlife, and habitat, and access to public lands and waters. The recommendations in Wildlife for the 21st Century address a range of issues important to tens of millions of Americans who hunt, fish, and enjoy outdoor recreation. The recommendations also reflect some of the League’s top policy priorities, including restoring Clean Water Act protections to streams and wetlands and ensuring the Farm Bill continues to fund habitat conservation on private lands.     

How-To's


  • How To: Build a Bat Box (Appropriate for All Ages w/ Supervision) More than half the bat species in the United States are declining or already listed as endangered, mostly because of habitat loss. Not only do bats help control insect populations (a single bat can eat up to 2,000 mosquitoes in one night), they also pollinate plants and disperse seeds. You can help conserve bat populations by building a “bat box.”     
  • How To: Build a Bee House (Appropriate for All Ages w/ Supervision) Honey bees may be getting all the press, but they’re not the only pollinators in town. The United States is home to almost 4,000 native bee species (honey bees are non-natives brought here from Europe). One way you can help protect pollinators is to build a home for them.     
  • How To: Build a Bird Feeder with Recycled Materials (Appropriate for All Ages) Bird feeders—and bird watching—are a great way to involve youth in wildlife conservation. Using an old milk carton or juice bottle for construction offers additional eco-benefits.     
  • How To: Build Nets to Catch and Preserve Stream Insects Armed with just a net and a field guide, you can collect insects from your local stream and use them to determine water quality. Learn how to build a net best suited to your type of stream and how to preserve the insects you find there for identification and education.     
  • How To: Plan a Pollinator Garden (Appropriate for All Ages) Restoring wildlife habitat is a priority for many League chapters. From planting cover and food plots to cleaning up water resources, Ikes are working to restore native habitat for game and non-game species alike. One important group that may not be on your list: Pollinators.     
  • How To: Recycle a Christmas Tree For those of you who celebrate the holidays with a blue spruce or Douglas fir, the fresh smell of pine today will be replaced by dry, dead branches and lots of pine needles in January. But that tree isn't done yet! There are plenty of uses for it around your home and neighborhood.     
  • How To: Build a Model Watershed (Appropriate for All Ages) It's a simple matter of gravity: Water runs downhill. This model watershed demonstrates how water picks up sediment and pollutants as it flows—and that simple measures can reduce the amount of polluted runoff that ends up in your watershed. This is a good project for talking with school children about water pollution and what they can do to prevent it.     
  • How To: Vermicompost (Worm Compost) (Appropriate for All Ages) Vermicomposting is the process of recycling food waste by feeding it to worms. Because a worm will eat its weight in table scraps, vermicomposting is a triple win: You recycle waste, produce organic fertilizer for house and garden plants, and raise worms you can use for fishing.     
  • How To: Collect and Plant Nuts (Appropriate for All Ages) With autumn comes an abundance of acorns, walnuts, and other nuts strewn across the ground. These native seeds can be collected and put to good use. They can be planted in areas where more trees are needed or be raised as seedlings for local conservation projects.     
  • How To: Build a Wood Duck Box (Appropriate for Teens/Adults) Most waterfowl nest on the ground, but wood ducks prefer depositing their eggs in the holes of mature trees -- which means the ducks lose their nesting sites whenever forests are cleared. America’s wood duck population has dropped significantly over the last century. Fortunately, wood ducks readily adapt to nest boxes.     
  • How To: Build a Vernal Pond (Appropriate for Adults) A vernal pond is a pretty sight, but it's even more delightful to hear: A chorus of song emerges from this type of wetland, thanks to the frogs and other creatures it attracts. These ponds provide wildlife habitat, attract mosquito-eating critters, reduce runoff, and serve as teaching tools.     
  • How To: Build a Rain Garden (Appropriate for All Ages) Stormwater runoff is a leading cause of pollution in our streams and lakes. Driveways, roads, and parking lots block water from draining into the ground. Lawns are not much better, unless they have a place where the water can go. Enter the rain garden. It can fill your backyard or be as small as a baby pool. It can beautify your home and invite birds, butterflies, and beneficial insects, including those that eat mosquitoes.     
  • How To: Build a Rain Barrel (Appropriate for Adults) The average American family uses 120 gallons of water each day for outdoor use, much of it for watering lawns and gardens. One way you can help ease the strain on reservoirs and wells is to build a rain barrel—a container that’s hooked up to a downspout to collect and recycle rainwater. You’ll even reduce your water bill and the runoff entering local storm drains.     
  • How To: Build a Fish Crib (Appropriate for All Ages) Discarded PVC pipes can be used to build “fish cribs”—places where bass, bluegills, and other lake species can hide, feed, and reproduce, making for better fishing and aquatic health. Any discarded plastic materials that can create a solid structure could be used, so be creative.     
  • How To: Build a Bug Aquarium (Appropriate for All Ages w/ Supervision) Bugs are a key indicator of a stream’s water quality. Teaching people about stream health means showing them how to identify macroinvertebrates. So whether you’re setting up an educational booth or talking to a group of first-time stream monitors, it helps to have a working aquarium that can showcase living critters such as mayfly and caddisfly nymphs.     
  • How To: Build a 3-Bin Composter (Appropriate for Teens/Adults) Whether you have an abundance of leaves and lawn clippings or want to keep table scraps out of the landfill, you can easily turn waste into useful compost—and help the environment in the process.     

Ikes On Target


Outdoor America


  • Outdoor America Spring 2012 IN THIS ISSUE: 90 Years of Conservation Success: From the Jazz Age to a World War II * The 2012 Farm Bill: Conserving America’s Future * Nature Playscapes: Bringing the “Wild” Back to the Child * 2012 IWLA National Convention Preview     
  • Outdoor America Winter 2012 IN THIS ISSUE: Time To Call a Halt, by Emerson Hough (August 1922) * Waltonians, by Will H. Dilg (October 1924) * 90 Years of Conservation Success/The Roaring 20s: A Call to Action * Eat Locally: Local Farms Benefit Local Wildlife and Economies     
  • Outdoor America: Fall 2011 IN THIS ISSUE: Seeds of Destruction: Hunters can help stop the spread of invasive species * Fishing for Answers: The Susquehanna River is losing its smallmouth bass population * The World at 7 Billion: Is it possible to protect the wild places we love in an ever-growing world? * League Lines * And much more....     
  • Outdoor America Summer 2011 IN THIS ISSUE: Hunting for Hunters: The League is setting its sights on recruiting new hunters -- to conserve outdoor America and benefit the economy * 2011 National Convention Highlights: From award-winning Ikes to outstanding conservation speakers, get the scoop on this year's convention in Des Moines * It's Easy Being "Green": You can live a healthier life and promote your love of the outdoors with five simple steps     
  • Outdoor America Spring 2011 IN THIS ISSUE: Trade Wars: Will nutrient trading save or spoil our streams? * Easing Into Conservation: Conservation easements provide a win-win for landowners * Damaged Delta: Manmade changes to the Mississippi River are sinking coastal wetlands.     
  • Outdoor America Winter 2011 IN THIS ISSUE: Battling for Survival: America's bats are losing the battle against White Nose Syndrome; Casting for Recovery: Program brings breast cancer survivors together; Shooting for Membership Growth: Using shooting sports to grow chapter membership; Getting Utilities to Work for Their Customers: Energy efficiency and conservation don't have to be at odds.     
  • Outdoor America Fall 2010 In This Issue: "The Terrible Ten": Ten of the most destructive invasive species and how to slow their spread; "Crop Mob: Will Work for Food": Volunteers can help sustain family farms and the environment; "Turning Up the Water Pressure": How population growth is straining the world's most vital resource     
  • Outdoor America Summer 2010 In This Issue: To Bee or Not To Bee (Our Pollinators in Peril) * Geocaching Gets Families Into the Great Outdoors * 2010 IWLA National Convention Wrapup * BP, Gulf Wetlands, and You     
  • Bringing Back the Bobwhite The trademark mating whistle of “bob-bob-white” was once commonly heard across 38 states — from Nebraska to Texas, Pennsylvania to Florida, and the states in-between. Today, almost an entire generation of Americans has grown up without hearing the call. What happened to the bobwhites?     
  • From the Fast-Moving Fifties to the "Sensible" Sixties The 1950s and 1960s were filled with significant shifts in American life. This period started with the Cold War and ended with Woodstock. In...  
  • Nature Playscapes: Bringing the "wild" back to the child Today’s children engage in exponentially more screen time than green time. Yet the true value of learning about one’s world through hands-on discovery cannot be duplicated by sitting indoors in front of a screen or by engaging in unimaginative, repetitive play on manufactured equipment.     
  • Outdoor America 2013, Issue 3 IN THIS ISSUE: IWLA Strategic Plan Approved: Chapter delegates unanimously approved a new, five-year strategic plan * 2013 National Convention: “Conservation for Tomorrow” was a fitting theme * Bringing Back the Bobwhite: Almost an entire generation has grown up without hearing the call of the bobwhite * Hunting for Outdoor Space: Thanks to federal conservation programs, we can hunt — and more — on public lands     
  • Outdoor America 2013, Issue 4 IN THIS ISSUE: Theodore Roosevelt and the Hunt That Changed America * The State – and Fate – of Prairie * Youth Activity: Stream Creature Construction * The Kankakee River and Its Lost Marsh * A Shot Too Far? * Conservation in Controversial Times     
  • Outdoor America 2014 (Issue 1) IN THIS ISSUE: IWLA Strategic Plan 2014-2019: Setting goals and planning for change * They Know You’re Coming : A hunter’s stealthy approach may actually set off wildlife alarm bells * Disappearing Native: The Brook Trout -- Catching a brookie is a rare experience today,but that can change     
  • Outdoor America Spring 2009 IN THIS ISSUE: Save Our Streams * 2009 IWLA Convention Preview * 10 Ways To Recruit and Retain Members for Your Chapter     
  • Outdoor America Spring 2010 In This Issue: "Asian Carp: A Hungry Invader Eating Its Way to the Great Lakes"; "Will We Sacrifice Our Water for Gas?" (Marcellus shale); 2010 National Convention Preview: "Preserving America's Wilderness"     
  • Outdoor America Summer 2009 IN THIS ISSUE: Saving a Forest Starts at the (Grass)Roots * 2009 IWLA National Convention * 10 Outdoor Recreation and Activity Ideas for Your Chapter     
  • Outdoor America Winter 2009 IN THIS ISSUE: Turning Ideas Into Action * Wilderness Within Reach * Big Waters, Big Challenges * Go Green, Save Green     
  • Outdoor America, 2013 Issue 2 IN THIS ISSUE: Classic Fishing Lures That Have Stood the Test of Time: Designs so successful that they are as popular today as when they were introduced * Restoring America’s River : To save the Mississippi River, we must reexamine our approach to river management * 2013 IWLA National Convention Preview     
  • Outdoor America Winter 2010 In this issue: "Clean Water at a Crossroads," National Wildlife Refuge System -- recreation opportunities and funding challenges, and "The Mighty Mississippi: All Locked Up." Other topics include keeping green energy "green" and the trend toward leasing land for huting and fishing.     
  • Outdoor America Fall 2009 IN THIS ISSUE: Greening Your Chapter * Species Survival: Pacific Salmon * Project Watershed: Connecting Students With Nature     
  • The Roaring 20s: A Call To Action (Part of the IWLA 90th Anniversary series) You can track the history of the League through the advances in wildlife and natural resource conservation in the past nine decades. Often, those tracks lead to historic turning points when Ikes helped craft key legislation and saved critical water and land resources. Here’s how the story started.     
  • Waltonians (October 1924) Williamson H. Dilg (1867-1927) was one of the 54 founders of the Izaak Walton League of America and served as the organization’s first national...  
  • Time To Call a Halt (August 1922) When Volume I, Number 1, of the League's magazine appeared in August 1922, this explosive editorial was featured on the front cover.     

Outdoor Ethics


Sustainability


Watersheds


  • Damaged Delta The Mississippi River might be the most “managed” river in the country. Along its length you’ll find levees to prevent flooding, locks and dams for river navigation, and dredging operations for commerce. These changes may have been made with good intentions, but they drastically damaged the natural functions of the river.     

Wilderness and Public Lands


 
 
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