Outdoor America 2015, Issue 1

Outdoor America Winter 2015 (Issue 1) cover

In this ​issue

  • Becoming a Locavore

    You don’t need to live out in the country to be more self-sufficient. Whether you live on an urban lot or in a rural landscape, every one of us can eat better (and yes, cheaper) and be better stewards of the environment if we practice a locavore philosophy.

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  • Youth Activity: Can You See Water Pollution?

    Some pollution is easy to identify. Other times, “pollution” can mean something different for people and for fish and wildlife. That’s why the Izaak Walton League developed the Save Our Streams program and Creek Freaks project for kids – to test water quality using science.

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  • Letters: Not Wild About Hog Hunting

    I was quite pleased to see the League feature an article raising awareness of this horrific catastrophe that is about to plague America. However, I was disappointed that the article mentions the number one cause of the rapid spread of wild hogs – recreational or sport hunting – but erroneously implies that it is a useful tool to be used against hogs.

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  • League Lines: Reclaiming Wildlife Habitat in the Midst of Urban Sprawl

    When you are surrounded by billowing cattails, 100-year-old oaks, and the sounds of waterfowl, it’s hard to believe that you’re just minutes away from the Mall of America. These wetlands along Minnesota’s Bush Lake are a birdwatcher’s dream – and play an important role in improving water quality – thanks to the League’s Bush Lake Chapter.

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  • League Lines: Creek Clean-up Turns Into Community Collaboration

    What started as a series of stream clean-ups became a community collaboration to improve water quality and revitalize a neglected area in the Chicago suburbs.

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  • League Lines: Native Creativity

    An Indiana chapter has a new educational resource thanks to a Boy Scout’s interest in native plants and seven months of hard work.

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  • League Lines: Warm Reception for Ice Fishing Tournament

    Fishing tournaments are not just a warm-weather sport. The Kampeska Chapter has had great success with an annual ice fishing tournament that not only brings out seasoned anglers but also gets youth engaged in outdoor recreation.

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  • League Lines: A Winning Program for Students and Conservation

    For almost a decade, the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chapter has partnered with Poolesville High School’s Global Ecology Program to recognize outstanding senior conservation projects.

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  • Endowment: National Clean Water Fellowship

    We’ve been telling you about numerous chapter and division projects that have been supported by the IWLA Endowment. But the Endowment also funds worthwhile projects at the national level, such as providing financing for a Clean Water Fellowship.

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  • 10 Things To Do at the IWLA National Convention

    South Dakota offers amazing landscapes and watchable wildlife – and our national convention in Pierre puts you right in the middle of the action! Take advantage of your time in South Dakota to visit a few of these national treasures.

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  • Last Word: Doak’s First Deer

    I am absolutely sure that witnessing – and helping – my friend take his initial whitetail will be my biggest thrill of the year. League members can experience similar joy and create wonderful memories when they mentor new hunters.

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  • John Sisser Joins IWLA as Conservation Associate

    In February 2015, we welcomed John Sisser to the League as Conservation Associate for our Agriculture Program. He will be engaging League members and the general public on our agriculture conservation priorities through targeted public education, media, and grassroots campaigns.

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  • Recruiting New Creek Freaks

    To expand participation in the League’s successful Creek Freaks program, League staff will make presentations this year at conferences focused on summer camps and afterschool programs.

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  • New Online Tools for Stream Monitors

    Become a “macro pro” from the comfort of your desk chair. Our new macroinvertebrate ID videos include photos and illustrations, key identifying features, and interesting tidbits about each critter.

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  • Policy Pulse: Clean Water Rule Passes Intense Scientific Review

    In January, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a science report confirming that water quality in headwater streams, wetlands, and other open waters can affect water quality downstream.

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  • Policy Pulse: Duck Stamp Increase Boosts Conservation

    The “duck stamp” is one of the most successful conservation tools in American history. A bill raising the price of a federal duck stamp, which the League supported, was signed into law in December 2014. The additional $5 million expected to be raised each year will be available to fund conservation easements protecting privately held wetlands.

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  • Policy Pulse: Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Wilderness Proposed

    On January 25, as part of a required “Comprehensive Conservation Plan” for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recommended that more than 12 million additional acres be protected as wilderness.

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  • Policy Pulse: Keystone Pipeline

    After weeks of debate, the U.S. Senate approved construction of TransCanada Corporation’s Keystone XL oil pipeline. On February 11, the House of Representatives approved the Senate bill, and on February 24, President Obama vetoed it. Now the Senate will try to override the veto.

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  • Policy Pulse: Nationwide Coal Ash Rule Released

    In 2013, League members passed a resolution calling on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to regulate coal ash as a hazardous waste. Unfortunately, the final rule issued by EPA in December 2014 does not regulate coal ash as hazardous waste and does not require coal ash storage ponds to close.

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  • Policy Pulse: President’s 2016 Budget Request

    Outdoor interests would generally fare well under the Obama Administration’s 2016 budget request, which was released on February 2.

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