Founded in 1922, the Izaak Walton League's mission is to conserve, maintain, protect and restore the soil, forest, water and other natural resources of the United States and other lands; to promote means and opportunities for the education of the public with respect to such resources and their enjoyment and wholesome utilization. The League has more than 40,000 members and supporters in 20 state divisions and more than 300 local chapters in 32 states. Our goal is to ensure that America's natural resource base is protected, managed and used to assure the quality of life in the long run.
Watershed Programs: Save Our Streams (SOS) and Protect Our Wetlands (POW) are the League's grassroots watershed conservation programs teaching citizens to be stewards of America's water and wetlands resources. Through SOS the League has educated and motivated citizens to clean-up stream corridors, monitor stream health, restore degraded stream banks and protect dwindling wetland acreage. The Sustainability Education Program works to bring bring human population growth, economic development and natural resource consumption into balance with the limits of nature. SEP researches sustainability issues, develops educational materials to help League members and the public address local and regional sustainability concerns, and build a grassroots constituency. Energy Efficiency: To promote the use of efficient energy technologies and renewable energy initiatives to help reduce the environmental burden associated with energy production and consumption. Some examples of League initiatives include work to clean up the nation's oldest coal-fired power plants, increase awareness of global climate change and promotion of clean, renewable energy resources such as wind. Outdoor Ethics: Today, as growing numbers of recreationists place increasing demands on America's natural resources, the need to encourage a strong outdoor ethic is more important than ever. Conflicts among individuals and groups vying for the same resources will increase unless an understanding of the common need for abundant and healthy natural resources is forged. The League's Outdoor Ethics Program works as a leader in outdoor ethics research and as an information source for established and emerging outdoor ethics projects across the country. Conservation and Public Policy: To advance League members' conservation policy agenda, through direct and grassroots lobbying activities; to keep members informed about federal legislative and regulatory issues affecting natural resources and the environment; to educate the public about important national conservation issues; and to lend assistance to members and chapters on their conservation activities as requested.