In this ​issue

  • They Know You're Coming

    University of Montana research shows that a hunter's stealthy approach may set off wildlife alarm bells the moment you enter the forest.

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  • League Lines: Raising Visibility and Honoring “Old Glory”

    The League’s Fredericksburg-Rappahannock Chapter (Virginia) started a new Veterans Day tradition that is raising the chapter’s profile – and providing an important service – in the community.

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  • League Lines: New York Students Have a “Field Day”

    The League’s Central New York Chapter is bringing environmental education to students through an annual outdoor learning program sponsored by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation.

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  • League Lines: Getting the Word Out About the League

    The most frequently asked question that I respond to is, “What are the Ikes and what do they do?” The West Central Chapter in Iowa is taking a proactive approach to the question with a monthly radio program.

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  • Policy Pulse: Conservation Priorities Advanced in Farm Bill

    The long road to a new Farm Bill took a positive turn in early February when President Obama signed it into law. The 2014 Farm Bill contained many victories for the conservation community. The League’s top priorities – re-establishing the linkage between conservation compliance and crop insurance premium subsidies and protecting native prairie – were included in the final legislation.

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  • Policy Pulse: Restoring Clean Water Protections

    This spring, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) could release a rule to clarify which waters of the United States are protected by the Clean Water Act. Since 2000, at least 20 million wetland acres and nearly 60 percent of the stream miles in the continental United States have been without federal protection from pollution and destruction.

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  • Hit Your Target

    Whether showing a newcomer how to crush a clay pigeon or aiming your camera at a live one, here’s what you need to know to shoot your target.

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  • Endowment: Iowa Outdoor Expo for Kids and Families

    Your Endowment in Action: The Expo covers a broad range of outdoor recreation and conservation activities, connecting youth and families to the opportunities available to them locally. Over the past four years, the IWLA Endowment has provided grants totaling $30,000 to support the Expo, which goes a long way in helping the Des Moines Chapter make it happen.

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  • Youth Activity: Catching Air Pollution

    When we talk about air pollution, we mean small particles in the air that can affect our ability to breathe and cause other health problems. This project is an easy way to show kids the particulate matter that floats in the air around them, largely unseen.

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  • Last Word: TIME to Update Conservation Policies?

    TIME Magazine got people talking about conservation with a cover story on resurgent wildlife populations. Although TIME unfortunately disparaged wildlife as pests and predators as unwelcome, the article brought attention to an important issue: How do we keep our conservation policies current and able to address changing circumstances?

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