Staff & Volunteer LeadershiPWho We Are
We Are UMRI
Project DirectorDavid Zentner is a retired insurance and financial planner living in Duluth, MN. He has a lifelong record of being active as a conservation and environmental volunteer. Dave has served as the Izaak Walton League Chapter, State, and National President as well as chair of the Izaak Walton League National Executive Board. Dave’s work on behalf of the natural resource conservation has been recognized with an Honorary Doctorate in Law from the University of Minnesota and an Honorary Doctorate in Public Service from Northland College. He was recognized with the Izaak Walton League’s 54 Founders Award and Outdoor Life Magazine’s 100th Anniversary Conservationist of the Year Award. Dave spent years as a child along the Mississippi River and has long had an avid interest in farming and farmland conservation issues. Dave’s retirement is centered on bring diverse groups of divisiveness to emphasize problem solving.
From Our National Director
“The Izaak Walton League strategic plan… is to make conservation a way of life for every citizen. We (have) failed, in spite of our heroes, in spite of the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, the Endangered Species Act. We have not reached every day citizens. We have done the reverse in many ways. All of our success in the ’80s, in some ways, has made us a little arrogant, too piped into big government, too piped into top-down. I think I’m right that we start with our neighbors. We don’t start with the U.N. We don’t start with U.S. Senate. If all politics are local, then we go back to the old ways — from pre- and post-World War II. We go to the PTA. We talk to our neighbors and try to understand them.”