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Updated: 04/10/2014 08:00:01AM

Izaak Walton’s Compleat Angler offers conservation vision for the future

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As the Izaak Walton League of America closes in on a century of service conserving America’s natural resources and ensuring public access to those resources, Oxford University Press today issued a new edition of Izaak Walton’s The Compleat Angler. This is the first scholarly edition in more than 25 years of the second most reprinted book in the English language (second only to the King James Bible).

When the men who founded the Izaak Walton League met for the first time in 1922, they could have called their new organization almost anything. They were Midwestern sportsmen, journalists, salesmen, and even one preacher. For many of them, the lands and waters they loved were along the upper Mississippi River in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, and Iowa. Yet they did not choose a regional name or pick a name focused on a specific fish or water resource.

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