Work Boots on the Ground Articles

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

Dept. of the Interior Secretary Jewell and AFL-CIO President Trumka Cut Ribbon at Trinity River NWR Boardwalk

April 20, 2016
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 joined together on March 17 to dedicate a new boardwalk connecting the city of Liberty, Texas, with the nearby Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) with a ... Continue Reading

WI | Chimney Swift Bird Tower

January 28, 2016
Volunteers from the Building & Construction Trades Council of South Central Wisconsin constructed and installed an 18-foot-tall chimney swift tower at Cherokee Park in Madison, Wisconsin. Continue Reading

WV | Coonskin Park Fishing Pier

December 2, 2015
A new fishing pier at Coonskin Park designed to accommodate individuals with physical disabilities was unveiled at a ribbon cutting today by the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA), West Virginia American Water and local union volunteers. The project, valued at $60,000, is a joint effort between the USA’s Work Boots on the Ground volunteer conservation program ... Continue Reading

IL | Canoe & Kayak Trail

October 29, 2015
USA, Illinois American Water Cut Ribbon for Illinois River Canoe & Kayak Trail The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA), Illinois American Water and Greater Peoria Economic Development Council held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Oct. 29, at 11 a.m., to mark the completion of a new Illinois River Canoe & Kayak Trail completed by union volunteers.  The ... Continue Reading

Flood Waters Couldn’t Dampen Volunteers’ Spirits in Texas

October 15, 2015
As they say, when it rains, it pours. That was no cliché in Texas this year. No sooner had a group of Houston Gulf Coast Building and Construction Trades Council (BCTC) volunteers completed the first day of work on an elevated boardwalk at the Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in March than Mother Nature ... Continue Reading

USA and American Water Complete Boat Shed at Harrison Bay State Park

September 9, 2015
The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) and Tennessee American Water held a public ribbon cutting ceremony at Harrison Bay State Park Sept. 3, to mark the completion of a new 63-by-18-ft. boat shed built by union volunteers over the summer. Chattanooga area Building Trades volunteers from Iron Workers Local 704, Utility Workers Local 121, Carpenters Local 74, ... Continue Reading

IBEW Volunteers Surmount Heat and Flies to Construct Boardwalk at Virginia’s Great Dismal Swamp

July 21, 2015
Undeterred by flies, heat and muck, nine volunteers from the Young Brotherhood of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 80 volunteered their time and skills through the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) Work Boots on the Ground program to help construct a boardwalk through a cypress marsh at Virginia’s Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. A ... Continue Reading

Union Volunteers Replace Storage Facilities Destroyed in Tornado at AR Game & Fish Commission’s Camp Robinson

July 9, 2015
Camp Robinson, located 30 minutes from Little Rock, Arkansas, and owned by Arkansas Game & Fish, now has storage for horse feed, field trial game bird feed and other supplies thanks to the 10 union volunteers who came together through the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) Work Boots on the Ground conservation program to build a ... Continue Reading

Union Volunteers Dress Up & Add Security at Lake Thunderbird State Park, Oklahoma

June 25, 2015
Click Here to Watch Project Video Thirty-eight volunteers from six different union locals came together through the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance’s (USA) Work Boots on the Ground conservation program to dress up and add security to Oklahoma’s Lake Thunderbird State Park, located 30 minutes from Oklahoma City, in June. The volunteers, representing the Oklahoma AFL-CIO, Oklahoma Building & ... Continue Reading

North & Central N.Y. BCTC volunteers restore replica of President Fillmore’s boyhood home, mark 50th anniversary

June 22, 2015
On a cold January day in 1800, a baby boy joined the world inside a modest log cabin in the Finger Lakes region of New York – an area that when, in full bloom, is rich with greenery, trickling brooks and booming waterfalls. This woodland son would become a cloth-maker’s apprentice, a lawyer, a politician ... Continue Reading

Central Iowa Building Trades volunteers complete handicapped pier, fishing house restorations at Lake Ahquabi State Park

June 10, 2015
FRANKLIN, Tenn. — As part of the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance’s (USA) Work Boots on the Ground conservation program, members of the Central Iowa Building and Construction Trades Council (BCTC) volunteered their time and trade skills to complete a large-scale restoration of a handicap-accessible fishing pier and fishing house at Lake Ahquabi State Park in Iowa ... Continue Reading

Kansas City Union Volunteers Help Local Boy Scouts of America ‘Be Prepared’ for Summer Camps

April 28, 2015
For more than a century, The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has been helping mold the future leaders of America by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun. Located in Kansas City, MO, the Heart of American Council (HOAC) serves more than 31,000 youth and is known for having the highest number of scouts ... Continue Reading

USA Awarded American Water Charitable Foundation Grant to Improve Water-Based Recreational Access

April 23, 2015
The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) is pleased to announce a $25,000 grant from the American Water Charitable Foundation (AWCF), a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization created by American Water—the nation’s largest publicly traded water and wastewater utility company. The grant will bring together union members and American Water employees to volunteer their time and skills to ... Continue Reading

NJ Pheasant and Quail Programs Get a Boost from Union Volunteers

January 26, 2015
Most sportsmen and women know, and even appreciate, that their hunting and fishing licenses and permits support the management of fish and wildlife.  In other words, their favorite activities fund fish and wildlife agencies, which then work to maintain healthy fish and wildlife populations, bringing their hard earned money full circle. In New Jersey, some of ... Continue Reading

USA’s Ohio State AFL-CIO Dinners Help Fund Black Fork Wetlands Environmental Studies Center

November 13, 2014
Ashland University’s new 1,200-square-foot Environmental Studies Center at the Black Fork Wetlands in Ashland, Ohio, is now ready for students to research wetlands first-hand thanks to several major donors, including the AFL-CIO’s Crawford/Richland Central Labor Council with supporting funds from the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) and its Ohio State AFL-CIO Conservation Dinners. Featuring an open classroom, ... Continue Reading

USA Dinner Proceeds Benefit Ohio-Based Outdoor Sporting Program for Special Needs Youth

October 23, 2014
by Laura Tingo A donation by the Ohio AFL-CIO Conservation Dinner committee with funds raised from the USA’s Annual Ohio State Conservation Dinner held in Columbus, Ohio, is putting smiles on a lot more faces, in more places and more often for youth outdoor enthusiasts served by the Special Needs Youth Sportsmen, Inc. The gift of ... Continue Reading

Record number of youth receive shooting instruction at Get Youth Outdoors Day

September 18, 2014
A record number of youth came out to experience what it’s like to shoot arrows, shotguns and rifles at the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) 3rd Annual Get Youth Outdoors Day on Sunday, Sept. 14 at Wild Marsh Sporting Clays in Clear Lake, MN. USA’s annual Get Youth Outdoors Day brings together union volunteers from the ... Continue Reading

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