Over the past six months, the League has engaged members across the country in drafting a new strategic plan for the organization as a whole. The final draft plan is now posted on the League's Web site, giving League members and leaders time to review the plan before it is voted on by the delegates at the IWLA national convention at the end of July.
IWLA logoThroughout the strategic planning process, the League has been committed to giving every member the opportunity to participate and provide input about the League's future. We continued this effort in May and June by asking members for their feedback on a draft strategic plan.
Nearly 700 members used an online survey to comment on the proposed mission statement, vision for the future, and six specific goals, and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive. Ninety percent or more of members completing the survey "strongly agreed" or "agreed" with the draft mission, vision, and goals. Moreover, the majority "strongly agreed" with each of these components. Members have also been positive about the inclusive and participatory process used to develop the draft plan.
Visit the League's Strategic Plan Web page to read the final draft strategic plan.
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Victory for Upper Mississippi River Restoration
Egret party - UMRTo improve fish and wildlife habitat and recreation opportunities on the Mississippi River, the Izaak Walton League has fought to increase funding for the Upper Mississippi River Restoration-Environmental Management Program (UMRR-EMP). Last month, Appropriations Committees in the U.S. House and the Senate recommended increasing funding for this program to more than $30 million, which is about $13 million more than current funding. This represents the first increase in restoration funding in many years.
These funds are needed now more than ever. Researchers from the National Academy of Sciences determined that Upper Mississippi River habitat is disappearing faster than it can be replaced through programs such as UMRR-EMP. As habitat vanishes, scientists warn that many species will decline and some will disappear. Additional funding for restoration will support economic development and job creation in communities along the UMR and provide long-term conservation and economic benefits for the region and the nation.