Izaak Walton League of America National Programs and Our Local Conservation Partners
Wild Turkeys around the Chapter
Almost a Meal...
Watch as this raccoon evades a fox who is looking for his evening meal
The fox and the raccoons frequent this area of the chapter on a regular basis
Winchester Chapter Conservation Programs
Volunteers are the life blood of our organization and they make an amazing difference every day. We understand the power of the youth outdoors experience!
Here is an amazing example: The Loch Neff Trail named in honor of Chapter Volunteer Jim Sherry.
The trail was reclaimed in the winter of 2019 from the forest valley following an old path that was a 3D archery course in the 1970's. The overgrown area started as coordinated project with Boy Scout Troop 159. Troop 159 completed the initial clearing of dense undergrowth and downed trees.
The path became an Eagle Scout project completed by Victor Cogle of Boy Scout Troop 63. Victor's final design and the hard work of Boy Scout Troop 63 transformed the cleared area by defining the trail, repairing the washed out foot paths and clearing the downed timber that impacted the stream. The finished trail is an incredible asset for the Chapter that will be used by members and area youth groups. The Chapter cannot thank Victor and Troop 63 enough for the amazing trail.
Chapter volunteers, from the Lake and Conservation Committee, anonymously worked many hours running chain saws, clearing garbage, marking and clearing brush while supporting the youth.
Creating the Loch Neff Trail