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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

Volunteers build kayak shed at Georgia’s Hard Labor Creek State Park

September 8, 2014
Union tradesmen volunteer expert skills to build kayak shed at Georgia’s Hard Labor Creek State Park Visitors to the recreational lake at Georgia’s Hard Labor Creek State Park will find a new kayak shed along its shoreline, thanks to the hands-on, volunteer support of union electricians and elevator constructors who put their talents to work with ... Continue Reading

Union volunteers team up to roof a picnic pavilion and repair a bridge at Wisconsin’s Horicon Marsh

July 7, 2014
Visitors to Horicon Marsh in Mayville, Wisconsin will have new scenery to enjoy with the completion of the latest Union Sportsmen’s Alliance Work Boots on the Ground, all-volunteer project that brings together union members from all over the country for conservation. Union volunteers, all members of the South Central Wisconsin and Northeast Building and Construction ... Continue Reading

Union Volunteers team up to put roof on picnic pavilion, repair bridge decking at Horicon Marsh

June 26, 2014
The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA), is pleased to announce the completion of its newest Work Boots on the Ground all-volunteer conservation initiative at Horicon Marsh, in Mayville, Wisconsin. Union volunteers, all members of the South Central Wisconsin and Northeast Building and Construction Trades councils, donated their time and expert trade skills to put a ... Continue Reading

Union Sportsmen’s Alliance’s two annual ‘Take Kids Fishing Day’ events in Wisconsin teach kids the joy of fishing and invite families to enjoy public access to the outdoors

June 23, 2014
Two Union Sportsmen’s Alliance Work Boots on the Ground ‘Take Kids Fishing Day’ events over the June 7-8 weekend in La Crosse and Eau Claire, Wisconsin, gave nearly 170 youth the chance to enjoy the thrill of baiting hooks, eating a picnic lunch, taking home prize giveaways – and reeling in some nice fish! For ... Continue Reading

USA’s two annual ‘Take Kids Fishing Day’ events in Wisconsin teach kids the joy of fishing and invite families to enjoy outdoor public access

June 19, 2014
by Laura Tingo Two educational Work Boots on the Ground projects the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) looks forward to each year are its ‘Take Kids Fishing Day’ events held in La Crosse and Eau Claire, Wisconsin. This year, over the June 7 – 8 weekend, nearly 170 youth had the chance to enjoy the thrill of ... Continue Reading

Union volunteers build roof for archery range at Everglades Youth Conservation Camp

May 29, 2014
A project of the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance’s Work Boots on the Ground conservation program. The idea of putting a permanent roof on the youth archery range at the J.W Corbett Wildlife Management Area’s Everglades Youth Conservation Camp in West Palm Beach, Florida has come to fruition thanks to the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) and its Work ... Continue Reading

Volunteers team up to refurbish fishing pier at Sheldon Lake State Park

May 21, 2014
Workers from local community and union trades in the Houston area lend expert skills, time, supplies. The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA), a Nashville-based non-profit, conservation organization, is pleased to announce the completion of its latest Work Boots on the Ground project that brought together volunteers to refurbish a fishing pier at Sheldon Lake State Park, in ... Continue Reading

Volunteers rebuild footbridge at Ned Smith Center for Nature & Art in Millersburg, PA

May 14, 2014
A project of the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance’s ‘Work Boots on the Ground’ conservation program A dedicated group of volunteers from the Central Pennsylvania Building Trades Council and the Ned Smith Center for Nature & Art’s Lands and Trails Committee celebrated the opening of a new footbridge this week, thanks to the completion of a conservation project ... Continue Reading

Union hands and community families volunteer to restore Bolsa Chica wetlands

May 13, 2014
A community-wide conservation effort to help restore the wildlife and recreational coastal wetlands of Bolsa Chica Ecological Preserve in Huntington Beach, California, made big strides this month with a generous display of commitment by more than 100 volunteers who worked together on May 4 to support another Union Sportsmen Alliance Work Boots on the Ground ... Continue Reading

Volunteers donate skills to restore wildlife habitat and trails at Bolsa Chica Ecological Preserve

May 8, 2014
Project spearheaded by Union Sportsmen’s Alliance’s conservation-focused “Work Boots on the Ground” program A community-wide conservation effort to help restore the wildlife and recreational coastal wetlands of Bolsa Chica Ecological Preserve in Huntington Beach, California, made big strides this month with a generous display of commitment by more than 100 volunteers who came out on Sunday, ... Continue Reading

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