Welcome to our Chapter!
Updated June 24, 2015
Founded in 1947, the Fredericksburg-Rappahannock Chapter is
one of the
oldest of the Izaak
Walton League's approximately 250 chapters. Serving central
Virginia in the
fight to protect our country's natural heritage and improving outdoor
activities for all Americans. We invite you to learn about our work and
join us in supporting important conservation initiatives in our
The Fredericksburg-Rappahannock Chapter is a non-profit
conservation organization recognized
as a Section 501(c)(3) public charity under the Internal Revenue Code
and serves the Fredericksburg area of Virginia.
Our 123 acre park is in the heart of the
Fredericksburg-Chancellorsville-Wilderness Civil War
Battlegrounds. This is some of
the most environmentally sensitive land in the U.S. We have
members, residing in several counties surrounding Fredericksburg, who
participate in Conservation Efforts including a local roadside clean-up
campaign done quarterly, tree planting, water testing and public
education in conservation of natural resources.
Our members both maintain and enjoy a large stocked fishing pond, 4
firearms ranges, joint-use archery
ranges, hiking trails, wooded picnic areas, playground areas, approved
camping, 3 pavilions, and a club house.
We host both Boy Scouts
and Girl Scouts that camp, train and perform conservation related
services at our facility.
Our Chapter has now hosted and provided support for the
Dog Mart for over 60 Years. The Fredericksburg Dog Mart event
actually dates back over three centuries and celebrates the trading of
goods between Native
Americans and the early settlers. A truly historic and fun-filled
Other programs include a schedule of fishing, hunting,
archery, and range operation safety training for both young and old. On
a quarterly basis knowledgeable speakers are invited to address our
membership on topics related to conservation .
Our nature trails and excellent fishing draw hundreds of
youthful campers each year. Our youth are the future conservationists!
Greg Raines - President
To conserve, restore and promote the sustainable use and
enjoyment of our natural resources, including soil, air, woods,
water and wild life.
"To strive for the purity of water, the clarity of air, and the wise
stewardship of the land and its resources; to know the beauty and
understanding of nature, and the value of wildlife, woodlands and open
space; to the preservation of this heritage and to man's sharing in it.
I pledge myself as a member of the Izaak Walton League of America."
Chapter Bylaws and Operating Policies
The current Bylaws
constitute the rules of governance of our
members and the highest level local regulation of our affairs..
Additional operating policies
reflect decisions issued by the
Board of Directors to further define the operating rules for the
History of The Virginia Division of The Izaak
Walton League of America
Division of the Izaak Walton League
was formed on August 8,
1929. It, together with the Garden Clubs of Virginia and the Virginia
Academy of Science, petitioned in 1929 for the establishment of what
became the Virginia State Park system. This was delayed by the
Depression and was not implemented until 1936.
Organized July 22, 1944, with nine chapters, the Virginia Division has
concentrated on conservation education and habitat protection. The
Division's most famous member was President Herbert Hoover, an active
member of the former Orange County Chapter. Another, Senator A. Willis
Robertson, was a League chapter leader and a former state wildlife
commissioner, who as a Congressman, co-sponsored important legislation,
the Federal Aid and Wildlife Restoration Act of 1937 -- better known as
the Pittman-Robertson Act.
In 1940, the Arlington-Fairfax Chapter won a significant victory with
statewide adoption of a Chapter supported 12-point fish and wildlife
law enforcement program, including law enforcement officer training.
Twelve years later, the Lynchburg Chapter successfully stopped the
state assembly from making the wildlife commission's executive director
a political appointment.
Conservation efforts by the Division involving water cleanup, the
state's model water pollution control law, and longtime support of
conservation education were recognized in 1959. The state wildlife
agency presented the Division with a citation for outstanding work in
conjunction with a popular annual wildlife essay contest from 1948 to
the late 1960s. In 1961, more than 40,000 entries from school students
Since 1946, efforts by the Division and IWLA to stop the proposed Salem
Church Dam on the Rappahannock River succeeded in November 1974, when
the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ended all planning and construction.
In 1978, the Division purchased 611 acres of private land within the
George Washington National Forest and held it for later purchase by the
Efforts by the Division and other conservation groups to protect the
James River succeeded in January 1984 when Hampton Roads Energy Company
abandoned plans to build the Portsmouth Oil Refinery. The Division sued
in 1983, warning that oil spills could destroy the river's oyster beds.
In 1988, Division members helped secure a ban on phosphate detergents.
The Alexandria Chapter also worked to protect Huntley Meadows, a
1,261-acre wetland used by bald eagles for nesting habitat.
The Division revitalized the Virginia Save Our Streams Program in 1996
securing annual donations and grants from the Virginia State Assembly
and environmental groups in excess of $100,000 to support the volunteer
water quality monitoring program.
Currently, the Division has signed a memorandum of understanding with
the Virginia Departments of Conservation and Recreation, Environmental
Quality and Game and Inland Fisheries for a cooperative move to improve
Today, the Virginia Division of the Izaak Walton League of America can
boast of 18 chapters and more than 9600 Ikes in the Old Dominion