Woods & Public Lands

The Izaak Walton League has always recognized that land and waters should be set aside in perpetual trust for the long-term benefit of all Americans. In 1924, the League secured the establishment of the 300,000-acre Upper Mississippi Wildlife and Fish Refuge. Since those early days, the League has been a staunch promoter and dedicated protector of the National Wildlife Refuge System and National Parks System. We also helped to develop the National Wilderness Preservation System and wrote important sections of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.

The League also believes that other public lands can serve a variety of uses, including commercial and non-commercial activities. For example, public lands continue to provide timber, energy, and minerals; wildlife habitat; clean water; and recreational opportunities. However, it is essential that these lands be managed on behalf of all Americans to ensure the sustainability of public resources. LEARN MORE >>

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National Wildlife Refuges Waive Entry Fees

Our nation's refuges offer opportunities to experience the outdoors amid scenic beauty. To encourage more people to visit refuges, the NWFS will waive entrance fees on specific days in 2017. Get more information on dates and other events!

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