Regional Initiatives

Regional Conservation Initiatives

Throughout the country, the Izaak Walton League is restoring watersheds, reducing air pollution, protecting wildlife habitat and open spaces, and instilling conservation ethics in outdoor recreationists. Several regions pose special challenges in conserving fish, wildlife, and their habitats.

Boundary Waters Canoe Area WildernessBoundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness
At 1.1 million acres in size, the Boundary Waters is the largest wilderness east of the Rockies and north of Florida’s Everglades. Wildly popular, the BWCAW is the most heavily visited area in the entire national wilderness system. Protecting this area has been a priority for the League since the 1920s. In fact, the Izaak Walton League is the only conservation organization that has fought every battle since the 1920s to protect this beautiful and popular area.


Chesapeake BayChesapeake Bay
Increasing amounts of excess nutrients, sediment, and toxic substances are causing serious ecological problems in the Chesapeake Bay. Studies show alarming declines in species of fish and wildlife and in the habitat available to them. In spite of cleanup efforts, the health of the Chesapeake Bay remains very poor. The League is working to protect and restore this national treasure through citizen engagement and advocacy for strong pollution reduction and restoration strategies

Great Lakes PhotoGreat Lakes
The League educates and advocates for restoration of our beautiful Great Lakes. Our current focus is stopping aquatic invasive species. Learn more about how you can help us protect and restore this national treasure.

Missouri River photo

Missouri River
The League has established an initiative dedicated to promoting conservation of the Missouri River resources and watershed within the tri-state region of Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota.


Mississippi River photoUpper Mississipi River
The Upper Mississippi River Basin (UMRB) has been a focal point of League efforts since our founding in 1922. From driving the creation of the Upper Mississippi River Fish and Wildlife Refuge in 1924 to the establishment in 1984 of a permanent UMRB office charged with river protection and agricultural conservation, the course plotted by the League has followed the great river.

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