Union Sportsmens Alliance 10th Anniversary

Timeline

2007
January 15

Jan. 2007 – The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance is Founded

Jan. 2007 – The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance is Founded
In 2007 the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership and Union leaders saw a unique opportunity to form a union-dedicated conservation based organization — the Union Sportsmen's Alliance. It was founded at the SHOT (Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trades) Show in Orlando, FL, where union leaders awarded a check for $1.2 million to help get it off the ground.
July 1

Jul. 2007 – USA Officially Opens its Doors for Membership

Jul. 2007 – USA Officially Opens its Doors for Membership
The USA begins to serve as a dues-based, union-dedicated sporting club for the more than 3.2 million union workers across the U.S and Canada who hunt, fish and recreate outdoors.
July 1

Jul. 2007 – Buck Knives and Beretta Join as First National Partners

Jul. 2007 – Buck Knives and Beretta Join as First National Partners
Buck Knives and Beretta join forces with USA to contribute to its mission to preserve North America’s Outdoor Heritage. Their products have since been integrated into the USA's many events and programs.
September 5

Sep. 2007 – Versus Channel Holds First Ever Labor Day Marathon

Sep. 2007 – Versus Channel Holds First Ever Labor Day Marathon
As a special tribute to hardworking union members everywhere, the Versus Network hosts a Labor Day Marathon of Escape to the Wild, a television program of the USA. Each episode gives viewers a glimpse into the life of a union member who is surprised with all-expense-paid trip to a world-class hunting or fishing destination.
November 1

Nov. 2007 – USA Adds Triton as a National Partner

Nov. 2007 – USA Adds Triton as a National Partner
Triton joins the USA to contribute to its dedicated conservation mission and connect with union members who enjoy fishing and the outdoors.
2008
August 1

Aug. 2008 – Membership Milestone

Aug. 2008 – Membership Milestone
The USA reaches 5,000 members.
2009
February 1

Feb. 2009 – Membership Journal

Feb. 2009 – Membership Journal
The USA launches a quarterly membership journal.
June 1

Jun. 2009 – 1st Sporting Clays Shoot

Jun. 2009 – 1st Sporting Clays Shoot
The USA hosts its first Sporting Clays Shoot in Washington D.C. The shooting events program has since become a staple of the USA, connecting union members in areas all across the nation and raising support for the organization's conservation efforts.
2010
May 1

May 2010 – The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance Becomes its Own Nonprofit Organization

May 2010 – The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance Becomes its Own Nonprofit Organization
The Union Sportsmen's Alliance separates from the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership to become a stand-alone nonprofit organization.
June 1

Jun. 2010 – New Journal

Jun. 2010 – New Journal
The USA introduces a reformatted Union Sportsmen's Journal.
September 1

Sep. 2010 – Membership Milestone

Sep. 2010 – Membership Milestone
The USA reaches 25,000 members.
September 1

Sep. 2010 – 1st Ever Conservation Project

Sep. 2010 – 1st Ever Conservation Project
Union volunteers build deer traps for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to help in its research on buck mortality and predation. Since this initial project, members of the USA have served numerous parks and wildlife areas, and the organization is officially nearing its 100th conservation project.
September 1

Sep. 2010 – TV Partnership with Sportsman Channel

Sep. 2010 – TV Partnership with Sportsman Channel
The USA begins a television partnership with Sportsman Channel, which is available in over 30 million households.
2011
January 1

Jan. 2011 – Expanded Shooting Tour

Jan. 2011 – Expanded Shooting Tour
The USA expands its shooting tour to 25 markets in 2011, providing more union members of various trades an opportunity to connect through their shared passion for shooting sports and the outdoors.
June 1

Jun. 2011 – Brotherhood Outdoors Television Debut

Jun. 2011 – Brotherhood Outdoors Television Debut
The USA debuts Brotherhood Outdoors, a unique hunting and fishing series. Each episode follows one union member on a thrilling hunting or fishing trip and gives viewers a glimpse into their lives, their passion for the outdoors and their desire to make a difference by volunteering for a cause, serving as a leader in their community or helping to carry on America's outdoor legacy.
June 28

Jun. 2011 – USA Unveils State-Of-The-Art Events Truck and Trailer

Jun. 2011 – USA Unveils State-Of-The-Art Events Truck and Trailer
The USA unveils its new shooting events truck and trailer to nearly 200 Union members, leaders, contractors and family members at its 3rd Annual Capital Area Sporting Clays Shoot outside Washington, D.C.
November 1

Nov. 2011 – Burris and Steiner Join as Partners

Nov. 2011 – Burris and Steiner Join as Partners
Burris and Steiner - leaders in american shooting optics - join the USA as partners, with their products being featured on Brotherhood Outdoors and at conservation dinners and shooting events.
December 1

Dec. 2011 – Cabela’s Joins as a National Partner

Dec. 2011 – Cabela’s Joins as a National Partner
Cabela's - the world's foremost outfitter of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear - joins the USA to contribute to the organization's conservation efforts and to connect with the millions of union members across the nation who love spend time in the outdoors.
2012
January 3

Jan. 2012 – Sportsman Channel Choice Award

Jan. 2012 – Sportsman Channel Choice Award
The Union Sportsmen's Alliance feature television show, Brotherhood Outdoors, wins the 2011 Sportsman Channel Choice Award for Best Combination Show.
October 1

Oct. 2012 – New National Partners

Oct. 2012 – New National Partners
Carhartt and Remington join the USA as national partners.
October 4

Oct. 2012 – Retired Ironworker Honored as Conservation Hero Finalist

Oct. 2012 – Retired Ironworker Honored as Conservation Hero Finalist
Retired Local 361 Ironworker and longtime Union Sportsmen’s Alliance member John Sferazo is honored for his extraordinary contributions to conservation at the Field & Stream Heroes of Conservation gala in Washington, D.C. Nominated by the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance, Sferazo was one of seven finalists for the national award and was profiled in both the June and October issues of Field & Stream magazine. He also received a $5,000 conservation grant to help fund his imperative conservation projects. After suffering physical and emotional trauma as a Ground Zero volunteer on 9/11, Sferazo has worked to provide free hunting opportunities for disabled first responders and veterans.
October 25

Oct. 2012 – Membership Milestone

Oct. 2012 – Membership Milestone
The Union Sportsmen's Alliance reaches 50,000 members.
2014
July 1

Jul. 2014 – USA, Department of The Interior Sign a Memorandum of Understanding

Jul. 2014 – USA, Department of The Interior Sign a Memorandum of Understanding
The USA, the AFL-CIO and the United States Department of the Interior sign a memorandum of understanding that pairs the USA’s volunteer-based Work Boots on the Ground conservation program with shovel-ready projects on public lands that, due to budgetary constraints and cutbacks, lack critical resources.
2015
September 3

Sep. 2015 – Ribbon Cutting for the Harrison Bay Boat Shed

Sep. 2015 – Ribbon Cutting for the Harrison Bay Boat Shed
The USA and Tennessee American Water hold a ceremony to mark the completion of a new boat shed. The project is the result of a joint effort between the USA’s Work Boots on the Ground volunteer conservation program and the American Water Charitable Foundation’s Building Better Communities initiative, which awarded the USA a $25,000 grant to support conservation projects that improve public access to water-based recreation activities.
2016
March 17

Mar. 2016 – Ribbon Cutting: Trinity River Boardwalk

Mar. 2016 – Ribbon Cutting: Trinity River Boardwalk
Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, Union Sportsmen’s Alliance Chairman and AFL-CIO President Richard L. Trumka, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service staff and members of the community join together to dedicate a new boardwalk connecting the city of Liberty, Texas, with the nearby Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge (NWR). Constructed by volunteers from the Houston Gulf Coast Building and Construction Trades Council, the Palmer Bayou Boardwalk allows hikers to traverse more than 500 feet of wetlands, access 13 miles of trails and have a more intimate view of the bayou.
September 22

Sep. 2016 – USA Adds Flambeau as a Partner

Sep. 2016 – USA Adds Flambeau as a Partner
Flambeau Outdoors - a longstanding industry leader in hunting and fishing storage, as well as decoys and hunting calls- joins the USA as national partner. Flambeau’s quality products will be featured and fully-integrated into the USA’s member promotions and will be used as raffle prizes and giveaway items at sporting clay shoots and dinners, which help raise funds for USA’s conservation projects. Flambeau will also be a product sponsor on Brotherhood Outdoors.
2017
February 22

Feb. 2017 – USA Partners with Angling Powerhouse Pure Fishing

Feb. 2017 – USA Partners with Angling Powerhouse Pure Fishing
USA and angling product powerhouse Pure Fishing, Inc., hook up to improve the future of angling and conservation across America. To memorialize the partnership, the two organizations signed a memorandum of understanding yesterday in Washington D.C., that will last through March 8, 2020.

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