Izaak Walton League of America, Inc. HQ

aka IWLA   |   Gaithersburg, MD   |  http://www.iwla.org

Mission

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 41,000 members and supporters in 16 state divisions and over 220 local chapters in states nationwide. 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.

Ruling year info

1985

Executive Director

Scott Kovarovics

Co Principal Officer

Scott Kovarovics

Main address

707 Conservation Lane

Gaithersburg, MD 20878 USA

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EIN

36-1930035

NTEE code info

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Environmental Quality, Protection, and Beautification N.E.C. (C99)

Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation and Management (C32)

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Our programs

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Agriculture

Efforts by the Izaak Walton League to address soil erosion date to 1937, when the League adopted a resolution calling for a national program to retire fields in mountainous areas from agricultural use. Today, League staff and members continue to advocate farming practices that sustain both natural resources and people.

CONSERVING FARMLAND

More than half of America’s land is used for agriculture. It’s critical that these lands, which provide food for our tables and habitat for wildlife, are managed in a way that balances production with conservation. At the local level, the League educates farmers about ways they can practice stewardship on their land. At the national level, we work to ensure strong legislation and funding to support agricultural conservation programs such as those found in the federal Farm Bill. Our goal is to ensure that American farms produce enough food to feed a growing nation while also conserving soil and water quality, wetlands, and habitat for fish and wildlife.

MANAGING THE UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER

As an organization with strong roots in the Upper Midwest, protection of the Upper Mississippi River basin has been a key issue for us since we led the fight to create the Upper Mississippi River Fish and Wildlife Refuge in 1924. The Upper Mississippi River is one of the most complex ecosystems on Earth. It provides habitat for 50 species of mammals, 45 species of reptiles and amphibians, 37 species of mussels, and 241 species of fish. The League spearheads efforts to reform the river’s lock-and-dam navigation system to ensure that flows and habitat remain as natural as possible. We also work to reduce agricultural impacts on the river, promote sustainable agriculture practices, and implement farm conservation programs to reduce polluted runoff.

MANAGING THE MISSOURI RIVER

In 2007, League members across three states joined together to create a new initiative that focuses on protecting and restoring the Missouri River. As America’s longest river (2,431 miles), the Missouri spans 10 states. Like the Mississippi River, it faces challenges from both agriculture and navigation. Due to man-made changes of the river’s natural flows, significant habitat for fish and wildlife—including a number of endangered and threatened species—is being degraded. By working with local, state, and federal agencies and other organizations on restoration and recovery of the river, the League is ensuring this national treasure remains intact for future generations.

Population(s) Served

Clean water is essential to life. Unfortunately, 40 percent of the nation’s assessed streams, lakes, and estuaries are not clean enough to support fishing and swimming. As an organization founded by anglers, the Izaak Walton League believes this is simply unacceptable. That’s why we are committed to improving the health of America’s waterways through local action and national advocacy.

MONITORING AND RESTORING STREAMS

For 40 years, the League’s Save Our Streams program has taught thousands of citizens how to monitor and restore the health of local streams. Guided by our publications, workshops, expert consultation, and other tools, citizens become active stewards of their local waterways. In addition to assessing water quality, our volunteers take action, such as notifying state agencies of pollution problems or planting trees along stream banks to reduce erosion and improve fish habitat.

CONSERVING WETLANDS

Wetlands provide critical habitat for countless birds, amphibians, fish, insects, and other species. They also act as natural filters, cleansing pollutants from groundwater and runoff. Unfortunately, since the 1600s, more than half of America’s wetlands have been drained. Protecting those that remain is vital to safeguarding clean water and habitat. The Izaak Walton League educates Americans about wetland ecology, functions, and values, and provides communities with the tools they need to conserve these valuable ecosystems. Aided by our Protect Our Wetlands program, our American Wetlands Month campaign, hands-on workshops, easy-to-read educational materials, and technical assistance from our staff, our volunteers are leading the fight to conserve our nation’s remaining wetlands.

STOPPING THE SPREAD OF INVASIVE SPECIES

In recent years, invasive species such as zebra mussels and Eurasian milfoil have infested America’s waterways, crowding out native species and causing billions of dollars in damage to marinas, recreational fisheries, and other facilities. One way these plants and animals spread between waterways is via recreational boaters, who unknowingly transport invasives on their equipment. To combat the spread, the Izaak Walton League launched a nationwide Clean Boats Campaign. Through public service announcements, articles, and a website (iwla.org/cleanboats) , millions of boaters are now learning how to properly clean their gear so that they don’t spread harmful invasive species from one waterway to another.

Population(s) Served

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Financials

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Izaak Walton League of America, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 7/16/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Jodi Labs


Board co-chair

Jim Piateski

Jim Sweeney

Operations Coordinator, Enbridge Energy

Kelly Kistner

Robert Chapman

Retired, Manager, Bell Atlantic/Verizon

Scott Meyer

James Storer

Jodi Labs

Wes Sheets

Larry Case

Keith Halper

Jim Piateski

Vicki Arnold

Jeffrey Deschamps

Herbert Pritchett

Jack Johnson

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No