Partnerships are an important component of community conservation efforts. Partners can enhance community engagement in projects, increase community awareness of the issues in our watershed, and establish a structure for the support of our youth in the James River watershed.

The James River Leadership Academy (JRLA) is proud to announce our partnership with the Izaak Walton League of Lynchburg (IWLL.) Their mission to conserve, restore, and promote the sustainable use and enjoyment of our natural resources, including soil, air, woods, waters, and wildlife. Their mission aligns with JRA’s mission to be a guardian of the James River. Providing a voice for the river and taking action to promote conservation and responsible stewardship of its natural resources.

JRLA staff will provide our students with the resources the Izaak Walton League has to offer. JRLA staff will introduce our students to their programs like Creek Freaks and the Clean Water Challenge Toolkit. The Izaak Walton League of Lynchburg has established a fund to support the JRLA, $1,000 will go towards the general fund, and a $500 & $250 scholarship will be awarded to an individual JRLA student whose capstone project reflects a high degree of excellence. The IWLL hosted the Upper JRLA doing session 1, our students camped, had the opportunity to paddle, fish, or swim on their lake, and overall enjoyed their facility in Amherst VA. JRLA and IWLL will also host session 3 at their facility in Amherst on January 25th, 2020.

The James River Association is looking forward to growing our partnership with the Izaak Walton League of Lynchburg. JRA, JRLA, the Izaak Walton League will continue to work to advance conservation, engage people in outdoor recreation, and ultimately safeguard natural resources for the future in communities across the James River Watershed. JRA and the Izaak Walton League of Lynchburg will continue to work together, the JRLA students and “Ikes” of the league will defend our watershed for generations to come.