W.J. McCabe Chapter

Our next monthly meeting is Wednesday, January 7, 7pm at the Hartley Nature Center. Dr. Rolf Weberg, director of the Natural Resources Research Institute, will speak on the NRRI. Dr. Weberg is responsible for overall management of the applied research institute and its three centers: Applied Research and Technology Development, Water and the Environment, and the Center for Economic Development. His leadership guides and builds the Institute into a recognized model for interfacing the university with industry and the business community for economic development, while ensuring attention to important environmental concerns.

Dr. Weberg is very much looking forward to questions and discussion about the role of NRRI with the Izaak Walton League.

All programs are free and open to the public.

New Member Information Meeting
Tuesday, Dec 9, 7-8pm, Hartley Nature Center

All are invited to this new member information meeting. And bring one or two good friends with you. Special friends who share your interest in our mission and in our community based, grass-roots organization. A special discount rate is available for first time members this year at nearly half price.

The program will explain:
  1. Who we are.
  2. What we do.
  3. How we do it.
  4. How very welcome you would be.
The short program includes a video and a few brief presentations by current members, followed by questions and discussion. Refreshments will be provided.

Our mission is: “To conserve, restore, and promote the sustainable use and enjoyment of our natural resources, including soil, air, woods, waters and wildlife." One of the ways we accomplish our mission is to promote opportunities at our monthly programs for the education of the public with respect to such resources, their enjoyment and wholesome utilization. Please share this invitation with your friends.

The November-December issue of Minnesota Conservation Volunteer magazine includes an article about the important conservation work of Jan and John Green, long time members of the Izaak Walton League. The Greens have helped to promote and conserve Minnesota’s Lake Superior region for nearly 60 years. Each of them have written books about the natural world – Jan on birds and John on geology. And each has played a major role in conservation issues affecting the North Shore.

In the 1970s, Jan Green was a key organizer in the movement to expand protection of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, ultimately helping to pass the BWCA Wilderness Act of 1978. 

John provided expert testimony on mining waste discharge into Lake Superior and he scouted more than 100 miles of the Superior Hiking Trail to determine the best route for construction.

You can read the full article here.

We have a new Issues and Activities display board that identifies current issues and activities that our chapter is involved in. It includes a list of volunteer opportunities for members and people to contact if you're interested in getting involved.


Here's the spring issue from the Minnesota State Izaak Walton League.

Conservation Chronicle Fall 2014

Conservation Currents December

Conservation Currents November

Conservation Currents October

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The W.J. McCabe Chapter of the Izaak Walton League is a grassroots environmental organization that has worked for decades to protect the natural resources of Duluth and greater Minnesota. We take a common-sense approach towards protecting our country's natural heritage and work to improve outdoor recreation opportunities for all.