After years of declining membership, the Lois Green-Sligo Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America is experiencing a slow renaissance. An influx of new members has brought new ideas and an increased energy level to the chapter.
The activities of the Chapter have always supported the dual missions of environmental education and conservation of our chapter grounds. Our most recent educational efforts have focused on water conservation on a micro level through the construction and use of rain catching barrels. We also continue to host Cub Scout pack 64 and Boy Scout troop 207 meetings and events, including providing a range of Eagle Scout project opportunities.
A renewed effort to protect the ecosystem and beauty of our chapter grounds, and to educate the public on its importance, has fostered a variety of programs and activities. We are working with a state certified forester to develop a forest management plan. We have begun bee keeping, and we are monitoring the growth of rare American chestnut trees saplings discovered on the property.
The fall of 2008 was the inaugural year of a bow hunting program that allows us to control our growing deer population. This program, available to Chapter members and their guests, provides our region with another way to enjoy our grounds.
We hope that what the Chapter offers through our programs, our property and this web site will kindle an enthusiasm for the concepts and methods of conservation, and maybe even entice you to join the Lois Green-Sligo Chapter. Help us take an active role in reversing the trends that are jeopardizing the environments and resources of your community, your country, and your world.