As the Izaak Walton League of America embarks on its second century, we can take pride in tangible progress to clean up our air and water, conserve public land in national parks and engage generations of Americans in citizen science.
However, our environmental problems have not been solved – they have evolved.
- Polluted runoff from roads, farms, lawns and construction sites contaminates our drinking water, streams and lakes.
- Soil erosion and rapidly declining soil health jeopardize the future of our food supply.
- Climate change threatens natural resources, our economy and way of life unlike any previous conservation problem.
While these challenges are serious, we are unwavering in our resolve to tackle them head on. A century ago, the League founders declared it was "time to call a halt” to destruction of the nation’s woods, waters and wildlife. They got to work building an organization and a grassroots movement to conserve and restore these resources for future generations.
Once again, the future is our focus. The League and countless Americans who share our goals can secure a future where:
- Every community has clean air and water
- People of all ages rediscover their love of the outdoors
- Traditions of hunting and fishing endure
- Clean energy, healthy soil and abundant wetlands and forests help combat climate change
The Izaak Walton League of America will make this future a reality by building on our strengths:
- Citizen science and community-based conservation. The League is a pioneer in citizen science, helping volunteers solve conservation challenges beginning in their communities. In just one area – citizen science to improve water quality – the League’s priority for the future is turning data into action. This means empowering volunteers – locally, statewide and regionally – to use the information they gather to drive change that ultimately will reduce pollution and directly contribute to restoring degraded waters.
Get involved with citizen science to improve water quality
- Policy advocacy. At our core, the League is a conservation advocacy organization driven from the grassroots. Much of the progress made over the past 100 years to clean up our environment has been driven by public policy. The challenges of our time – and the future – equally demand policy change. The League is ramping up advocacy for policies that provide proven, near-term and practical options to combat climate change, reduce polluted runoff and restore soil health. And we are committed to broadening and activating the grassroots base that will ultimately secure the change we urgently need.
Get involved with policy advocacy
- Connecting Americans to the outdoors. Traditional outdoor activities – fishing and hunting, shooting sports, camping and hiking – are becoming diminished in our increasingly virtual world. Through community outreach, public events like fishing derbies, and local conservation projects, the League’s 200 chapters connect people to nature and grow participation in outdoor recreation.
Get involved with community conservation and outdoor recreation
We are confident that our members, volunteers and partners are equal to these challenges. As we have proven repeatedly for the past 100 years, protecting our woods, waters and wildlife requires only that we harness the abundant passion and respect that Americans have for our great outdoors to ensure we preserve it for future generations.