Since 1925, the Brown County Chapter has been active in the League protecting the natural resources in Brown County. In fact, the Chapter's members played an integral part in getting the government to hold the paper companies responsible for the clean-up of the Fox River. The Izaak Walton League of America is the nation's oldest conservation group and is truly one of the only organizations who aims to protect all natural resources. The National League was formed in 1922 by a group of 54 anglers and was named in honor of Sir Izaak Walton, an avid fisherman who wrote the book "The Compleat Angler." The Brown County Chapter continues to respect and value the conservation policies of the League and wishes to share its conservation values with the public, as well as provide opportunities for children and families to reconnect with nature.
What does the League do?
Through its local chapters, state divisions and national organization, we work to conserve wetlands, clean the air, reduce energy consumption, preserve wilderness areas, protect fish and wildlife habitat, and improve management of our farmlands and forests. Through the League's, as well as our Chapter's, publications, workshops, events, Web site, quarterly magazine and numerous on-the-ground projects across the country, we give citizens the knowledge and tools they need to be responsible stewards of the outdoors.
At the state and national levels, the League's volunteers and staff work together to promote common-sense, practical policy solutions to critical conservation issues. Our goal is to ensure that America's natural resources are protected, managed, and used in a sustainable manner for generations to come.
History of Izaak Walton League
Izaak Walton League of America (IWLA) was among the nation's first conservation groups and is celebrating its 95th anniversary this year. Since 1922, the League has been working at the local, regional and national levels to advocate sensible solutions to the most pressing challenges facing America's natural resources. Today, the League's more than 36,000 members and supporters come from all walks of life. Many have a keen interest in fishing, hunting, camping, and other outdoor recreation. Most belong to one of the League's nearly 300 community-based chapters across the country. All share a passion for protecting the outdoors.
To conserve, restore, and promote the sustainable use and enjoyment of our natural resources, including soil, air, woods, waters, and wildlife.
"To strive for the purity of water, the clarity of air, and the wise stewardship of the land and its resources; to know the beauty and understanding of nature and the value of wildlife, woodlands, and open space; to the preservation of this heritage and to man's sharing in it. I pledge myself as a member of the Izaak Walton League of America."