Public invited to evening featuring auction, food, famous speaker

The Dwight Lydell chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America—defenders of soil, air, woods, waters and wildlife—will hold its annual Conservation and Awards Banquet on March 4 at the Centennial Country Club. This event is open to the public but attendance is by advanced reservation only.

The “Ikes” will recognize some members for their dedicated conservation work and will honor non-members Stu and Nancy Cok for their wise stewardship of 126 acres of woodland with a small feeder creek in the Rogue River watershed. Their stewardship culminated with the Coks putting the land into a conservation easement under the guidance of the Land Conservancy of West Michigan. This action keeps the land in a natural state forever.

The banquet will include guest speaker Dr. Howard Tanner, retired DNR director. “The father of salmon fishing” will tell the exciting story of how and why salmon were introduced into the Great Lakes.

The evening will also include a buffet dinner, silent auction and bucket raffle. Social hour begins at 5:30 p.m., and dinner and programs at 7 p.m. Admission by reservation only is $27 in advance. For reservations, please call Bob Stegmier at (616) 866-4769 before March 1.

For more information, visit www.iwla.org and www.michiganikes.org.

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