Formed in 1929 as the Association of Izaak Walton League Chapters of Virginia, and then formerly organized in 1944 with nine chapters, the Virginia Division of the Izaak Walton League of America is one of the oldest and largest divisions within the Izaak Walton League of America (IWLA). The IWLA is one of the nation's oldest and most respected conservation organizations. With a powerful grassroots network of more than 250 local chapters nationwide, the IWLA takes a common-sense approach toward protecting our country's natural heritage and improving outdoor recreation opportunities for all Americans. The Virginia Division has 18 chapters and over 7,000 members. Our conservation legacy in Virginia continues today as strongly as it did over 82 years ago. We invite you to learn about our work and to join us in supporting important conservation initiatives in your community.
A Request for Support to the Virginia Division
The Izaak Walton League of America requests a contribution of $10,000 to support the Virginia Save Our Streams program. Virginia Save Our Streams (VA SOS) engages more than 500 volunteers across Virginia in monitoring water quality of hundreds of streams. VA SOS provides valuable data to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality that allows the agency to identify and address pollution problems in a cost-effective manner. VA SOS volunteers also use their own data to prioritize sites for restoration, educate the public about pollution sources and prevention, and to evaluate the success of restoration projects. Support from the Virginia Division will allow the Izaak Walton League to hire a highly qualified contractor to train and certify both volunteers and regional trainers. In addition, it will support League staff in continuing to promote and coordinate the program, manage the database of volunteers and of water quality information, work with agency partners, secure necessary scientific collection permits, update the quality assurance plan for the program, and seek opportunities for program expansion.
... Read Full Request to Virginia Division to assist supporting S.O.S..
Virginia Letter on Clean Water Rule
According to the 2011 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation conducted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service every five years, Virginia’s 3.3 million sportsmen, women and wildlife enthusiasts spent approximately $3 billion in 2011 on outdoor pursuits. The economic contributions from hunting, recreational fishing and wildlife watching have continued to grow over the past several decades.
... Read Letter on Clean Water Rule sent to Virginia's US Senators.
Virginia Division Chapter Efficency Award
The purpose of this award is to congratulate the best, second best and third best functioning chapters in the Virginia Division. Each will receive a commemorative plaque. The Award committee reserves the right to request documentation for any answer. The Chapter President will affirm the accuracy of the answers. The deadline for post mark of the award application was Friday, August 7, 2015. Read more.
Winners of the Virginia Division Chapter Efficency Award were announced at the October 2015 Division meeting.
Northern Virginia Gun Club Supporters
A last minute amendment has been added to the proposed 2015 Virginia budget. This amendment would add $520,000 to the budget to acquire the Dahlgren Heritage Railroad Trail under the Natural Resources, Department of Conservation and Recreation. Should this occur, continued use of the existing NVGC ranges would be impossible. These ranges have been in operation for many years, but that won’t matter if this amendment is included in the 2015 budget.
Please contact your State Senators and Delegates. Ask them to oppose the 2015 Budget, Item C- 25.55, Acquisition of Dahlgren Heritage Railroad Trail.
The 2015 budget will be passed in the next few days, so action is required now. The future of the NVGC is threatened. Only your action can save the club.
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Natural Bridge; a Virginia State Park
Virginia's Natural Bridge and surrounding property were recently sold. The owner has sold Virginia's Natural Bridge to a conservation group which wil turn it over to the Virginia State Parks system. The Virginia Division of the Izaak Walton League of America will be recognizing the efforts of those involved with saving this Natural Wonder at their April 2015 Division meeting. To learn more about this Natural Wonder, please continue onto this Fox News article: Fox News.
Notice for Chapters
The National IWLA has but one Tax Determination Letter and that is for a 501c3. Back once upon a time all chapters who joined the league were placed under this Umbrella letter. This determination is National IWLA ONLY and the Virginia Division has nothing to do with how they administer it. If your Chapter is under this Umbrella Coverage you must take the 5 steps to keeping your tax exemption yearly. Or they will pull the letter and remove your chapter. Those steps are listed in the information section of this web site along with notes from our Division President on important filings for Chapter 501c3 Status.
Become a Member and Get Involved
The Izaak Walton League of America has more than 250 chapters nationwide. If you wish to join the IWLA, please apply at a chapter near you. You can find more information about the various IWLA chapters across the United States of America within Chapter Search area on the IWLA website.
For further information on membership at one of the Virginia chapters, please feel free to contact one of our Virginia chapters. The contact information for each of our chapters can be found in the Chapters section of our web site. If you want to learn more about some the activities and accomplishments of the chapters that make up the Virginia Division during our 82 year history, please read our division's history.
Thank you for your interest in the Virginia Division of the Izaak Walton League of America.
Division Meeting Attendance Incentive
The Virginia Division is subsidizing one chapter in Virginia that has not sent a delegate to the National Convention in the past ten years. Plan to attend Virginia Division meetings to be allowed to vote for the next Virginia chapter to receive a subsidy to attend the National Convention.