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Spring Hill, Tennessee, Youngsters Invited to Free “Take Kids Fishing Day” April 13

March 19, 2019
Boys and girls ages 2 to 15 are invited to learn about the outdoors and experience the joys of fishing firsthand Saturday, April 13 at the free, fun-filled Spring Hill, Tennessee, Area Take Kids Fishing Day. The nonprofit Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) is teaming up with United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 1853 and UAW Region 8, ... Continue Reading

Nashville-Area Youngsters Invited to Free “Get Youth Outdoors Day” March 31

March 11, 2019
Boys and girls ages 9 to 15 are invited to learn about the outdoors and experience the shooting sports firsthand Sunday, March 31 at the free, fun-filled 1st Annual Nashville Area Get Youth Outdoors Day. The nonprofit Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) is teaming up with the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), local labor unions and other ... Continue Reading

USA, Union Volunteers Tackle Hurricane Harvey Damage to Goose Island State Park

February 15, 2019
Visitors to Texas’ Goose Island State Park will once again enjoy fresh water close at hand while camping and picnicking along the Gulf Coast, thanks to the efforts of hardworking union volunteers and the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance. Located on St. Charles and Aransas bays north of Corpus Christi, the popular park offers fishing, boating, camping and ... Continue Reading

Union Sportsmen’s Alliance Volunteer Labor Donations Top Million Dollar Mark

February 12, 2019
Fueled by a flurry of project completions and strategic partnerships, the value of volunteer labor donated by Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) members to community-based conservation projects through the Work Boots on the Ground (WBG) program has topped the $1,000,000 mark. The milestone was reached as a crew of union volunteers from the United Auto Workers (UAW) ... Continue Reading

Union Sportsmen’s Alliance, Partners Secure Funding for Suncoast Youth Conservation Center Project

January 28, 2019
The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) is proud to report that a multi-year, collaborative effort to give thousands of Florida youth and their families better firsthand access to the Gulf of Mexico’s inshore ecosystem has cleared its last financial hurdle. The final funds needed to construct a wheelchair-accessible boardwalk and fishing pier at the Suncoast Youth Conservation ... Continue Reading

Union Volunteers Introduce Twin Cities Youth to Ice Fishing

January 22, 2019
Temperatures hovering around zero didn’t stop more than 100 budding young anglers and their families from participating in the Minneapolis Area Take Kids Ice Fishing Day at scenic Coon Lake on Saturday, January 19. A joint effort by the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA), International Union of Elevator Constructors (IUEC) Local 9 and a coalition of other ... Continue Reading

Union Sportsmen’s Alliance Unveils United Outdoors Conservation Fund

January 17, 2019
Building on record-setting increases in partnerships and completed projects, the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) is proud to unveil the United Outdoors Conservation Fund—an innovative grant funding program that will allow the organization to further expand its conservation footprint and mission impact. The fund will provide significant financial resources to union-based organizations, conservation-based non-profit organizations and agency ... Continue Reading

Ohio AFL-CIO, Union Volunteers Introduce Marietta Youths to Fishing

October 17, 2018
More than 100 local youngsters and their families participated in the Marietta Area Take Kids Fishing Day at scenic Buckeye Park in Marietta, Ohio, on Saturday, October 13. A joint effort by the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA), Ohio AFL-CIO, Ohio Division of Wildlife and a consortium of other partners, the free community event was aimed ... Continue Reading

USA, Pure Fishing and Allies Rally to Benefit John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge

October 3, 2018
Representatives of the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) and Department of the Interior (DOI) gathered at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge outside Philadelphia Saturday, Sept. 29 to celebrate Urban National Wildlife Refuge Day and commemorate refuge-enhancement projects supported by a coalition of partners including the USA, fishing industry powerhouse Pure Fishing and local union workers. The event ... Continue Reading

USA, UAW Host Youth Fishing Event & Dedicate Piers at Wolftever Creek

September 26, 2018
Kids of all ages wet their lines, Saturday, at a youth fishing event at the Wolftever Creek Boat Ramp on Chickamauga Lake outside Chattanooga, Tennessee. Hosted by the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) and United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 42, the free event celebrated a new courtesy pier and restored fishing pier at the site. Youth received ... Continue Reading

Union Sportsmen’s Alliance Recognizes Madison’s Dave Branson as UA Conservation Steward of the Year

September 24, 2018
The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) honored Dave Branson, executive director of the Building Trades Council of South Central Wisconsin (BTC), with the 2018 United Association (UA) Conservation Steward of the Year Award for his exemplary commitment to conservation and community service. The award recognizes volunteers from each of the USA’s charter unions who have made exceptional ... Continue Reading

Union Sportsmen’s Alliance Dedicates Newly Renovated Vilas Park Fishing Pier 


September 19, 2018
The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA), volunteers from the Building and Construction Trades Council of South Central Wisconsin (BTC) and a crowd of union and community leaders, volunteers, park staff and youths gathered at the newly renovated Vilas Park Fishing Pier in Madison, Wisconsin, on September 14, 2018 to celebrate better public access to popular Lake ... Continue Reading

Union Sportsmen’s Alliance Expands Youth Events With Tennessee Dove Hunt

September 14, 2018
The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) is a perennial supporter of community-based efforts to introduce youths to hunting, conservation and the great outdoors, and the organization was proud to add Tennessee’s 13th Annual Maury County-Steve Brown Memorial Youth Dove Hunt to its list of sponsored events.  Held Saturday, Sept. 8 at the Middle Tennessee Research and Education ... Continue Reading

Union Volunteers, Union Sportsmen’s Alliance Aid Wyoming Elk Management

August 22, 2018
Union volunteers recently collaborated with the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance to create a custom fence-crossing structure near Etna, Wyoming, that helps wildlife managers maintain healthy herds of free-ranging elk while protecting farmers’ crops from damage. Volunteers from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 322 out of Casper donated 48 hours of skilled labor to install ... Continue Reading

USA, NSSF Join Forces to Introduce Youths to the Shooting Sports

August 20, 2018
  The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) and National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) are joining forces to introduce youths and their families to the enjoyment and rewarding experiences of safe and responsible recreational shooting. Utilizing a $30,000 NSSF grant, the USA will hold a series of three pilot events through its Work Boots on the Ground program in ... Continue Reading

Union Volunteers Expand Boy Scouts’ Camp Meriwether Shooting Sports Facilities

August 14, 2018
Union volunteers recently teamed up with the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance to help complete an ambitious range-expansion project at Oregon’s Camp Meriwether that gives Boy Scouts from across the West Coast an enhanced shooting sports experience. Sixteen volunteers from the United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers (RWAW) Local 49 and Laborers’ International Union of North ... Continue Reading

Nichols Park Restoration Receives USA 2017 Conservation Project of the Year Award

August 2, 2018
Union volunteers’ restoration of historic Nichols Park in Henryetta, Oklahoma, as a community gathering place in the great outdoors has garnered the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) 2017 Conservation Project of the Year Award. Including follow-up work in 2018, more than 100 union workers from 23 union locals donated over 2,475 hours of skilled labor valued at ... Continue Reading

USA’s Take Kids Fishing Day Events Introduce Youth to Joys of Fishing

June 22, 2018
More than 700 youngsters were introduced to the joys of fishing in June 2018 during free, community-based Take Kids Fishing Day events orchestrated by the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance and teams of dedicated union volunteers. A total of 738 youths participated in five USA Take Kids Fishing Days, held in Barboursville, West Virginia, and Eau Claire, Janesville, ... Continue Reading

Union Volunteers Completely Transform Vilas Park Fishing Pier

May 31, 2018
Union volunteers from the South Central Wisconsin Building Trades Council (BTC) teamed up with the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) to renovate and reinstall the Vilas Park fishing pier in Madison, Wisconsin, providing better access to the lake for all. Utilizing nearly $22,000 in funds raised by the USA’s Madison Area Conservation Dinner, union volunteers teamed up ... Continue Reading

Union Led Wolftever Creek Project Enhances TN Fishing And Boating Access

May 11, 2018
Spanning more than 36,000 acres, Tennessee’s Lake Chickamauga is a popular destination for anglers and other watersports enthusiasts from within the state and around the country. Fishing is a prime draw. The scenic reservoir is consistently ranked among the nation’s top bass fisheries and currently holds the Tennessee state records for both largemouth and spotted bass. ... Continue Reading

USA Family Outdoors Day Celebrates Ron Schneider Boat Ramp at Minnie Ha Ha Park

April 30, 2018
More than 250 people gathered on Saturday, April 28 at Minnie Ha Ha Park in Sunset Hills, Missouri, for Family Outdoors Day, hosted by the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) and Missouri American Water. The community event included fishing, lunch, live music by the Greg Haney Group and kid’s activities, and the first 150 youth received a ... Continue Reading

USA Celebrates Nichols Park Transformation + Hosts Family Fishing Event

March 15, 2018
Henryetta, Ok. — (March 10, 2018) The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA), Oklahoma AFL-CIO, Oklahoma State BCTC, and a crowd of more than 250 gathered at Nichols Park in Henryetta, Oklahoma, today to celebrate the park’s transformation through the USA’s Work Boots on the Ground (WBG) conservation program. Prior to the dedication, volunteers completed one final project ... Continue Reading

Union Sportsmen’s Alliance to Dedicate Newly Restored Nichols Park & Host Family Fishing Day

March 6, 2018
Henryetta, Oklahoma — Union volunteers in the Henryetta Area will volunteer their time and trade skills through the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance’s (USA) Work Boots on the Ground (WBG) program to complete one final project at Nichols Park in Henryetta, Oklahoma, that will increase public access to the park and lake. To celebrate the newly restored park, ... Continue Reading

USA Dedicates Pier at Jones Point Park: Hosts Youth Fishing Event

November 9, 2017
The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA), American Water Charitable Foundation (AWCF) and a crowd of more than 200 union and community leaders, volunteers, park staff and youth gathered at a newly restored fishing pier at historic Jones Point Park in Alexandria, Virginia, on November 3, 2017 to celebrate the USA’s 100th conservation project. Prior to the dedication, ... Continue Reading

Union Volunteers Revitalize Dayton, Ohio’s Lakeside Lake

October 15, 2017
Dayton, Ohio, Mayor Nan Whaley joined the Ohio AFL-CIO, Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) and local volunteers and community leaders on the shore of West Dayton’s Lakeside Lake on October 11, to celebrate recent improvements and amenities. As part of the USA’s Work Boots on the Ground conservation program, members of the Ohio AFL-CIO partnered with the ... Continue Reading

American Water Charitable Foundation Awards $22,500 Grant for USA’s 100th Conservation Project

August 25, 2017
The American Water Charitable Foundation (AWCF) has provided a grant of $22,500 to support the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance’s (USA) 100th Work Boots on the Ground project at the historic Jones Point Park in Alexandria, Va. The USA will support the National Park Service by replacing a fishing pier at the park originally constructed in 1950 that ... Continue Reading

USA and UAW-Ford Michigan Ramp Team Construct Accessible Hunting Blinds

August 15, 2017
Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) volunteers from United Auto Workers (UAW) Ford Michigan Ramp Team in Michigan began construction to build accessible hunting/wildlife viewing blinds for the Sharonville State Game Area in Grass Lake, Michigan. The USA’s Work Boots on the Ground program brings together union members willing to volunteer their time and expertise to tackle community-based ... Continue Reading

USA and Kentucky American Water Dedicate New Pier with Ribbon Cutting & Family Fishing Day

May 16, 2017
Franklin, TN — More than 180 youth wet their lines at a fishing event at Jacobson Park in Lexington, Kentucky, on May 13 hosted by the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) and Kentucky American Water to celebrate the park’s volunteer-constructed fishing pier, which was dedicated on May 12. The new handicap accessible/ADA compliant pier and sidewalk, valued ... Continue Reading

Alaskan Union Volunteers Build Public Use Cabins

November 14, 2016
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National Elk Refuge ‘Shed’ Shed Project

June 15, 2016
There are few sights more awe-inspiring than thousands of elk gathered in a valley bounded by the rugged Teton Mountains carving the Wyoming sky. Located in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, the National Elk Refuge has been a winter feeding ground for the Jackson elk herd since 1912.  Though established for the elk, the refuge also serves as ... Continue Reading

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