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Union Sportsmen Help Educate Future Anglers at Free Events
Nashville, TN—The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance and a team of union volunteers will hold four Take Kids Fishing Day events this summer, three of which will be held during National Fishing and Boating Week on Friday, June 8 and Saturday, June 9.
With more than 40 million anglers generating $35 billion in retail sales and $600 million for fisheries conservation and water access improvements through special excise taxes each year, it’s critical to continue recruiting new anglers. These free events will help promote the importance of educating a future generation of American anglers from various communities and backgrounds.
Both the Nevada and Wisconsin events are open to the public, while the Illinois and Ohio events will focus on providing access to children with varying physical and mental disabilities. Thanks to the American Sports Fishing Association and Zebco, nearly 200 fishing combination sets will be available for use at the USA’s events.
Take Kids Fishing Day Events include:
June 8: Crab Orchard Public Lake, Carbondale, Illinois
Co-Sponsored by Laborers Local 773 and 1197
June 9: Pettibone Lagoon, La Crosse, Wisconsin
Co-Sponsored by the Western Wisconsin AFL-CIO (details)
June 9: Walter C. Best Wildlife Preserve, Munson, Ohio
Co-Sponsored by International Association of Bricklayers and Allied Craft Workers (BAC), BAC Ohio Area District Council, BAC Local 16 and Geauga Park District
TBD: Sunset Park, Las Vegas, Nevada
Co-sponsored by the International Union of Elevator Constructors, Southern Nevada Building and Construction Trades Council, United Association and SMART
“Take Kids Fishing Day is the perfect opportunity to educate youngsters on the benefits of fishing,” said USA National Events Coordinator Tim Bindl. “It’s also a great way to show families the abundance of public access opportunities available in their communities.”
The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance brings together union members from around the country, who are willing to volunteer their time and expertise, to tackle conservation projects that improve and enhance public access, wildlife habitat and outdoor experiences for communities across America.
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The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) is a union-dedicated outdoor organization whose members hunt, fish, shoot and volunteer their skills for conservation. The USA is uniting the union community to expand and improve hunting and fishing access and wildlife habitat throughout North America. For more information, visit http://www.unionsportsmen.org or http://www.facebook.com/unionsportsmen.
For more information, contact:
Laura Bliss Morris
Public Relations Coordinator
Retired Local 361 Iron Worker and longtime Union Sportsmen’s Alliance member John Sferazo was honored for his extraordinary contributions to conservation at the Field & Stream Heroes of Conservation gala on October 4 in Washington, D.C.
Union Sportsmen Dine for Conservation in Dallas
Three hundred union sportsmen, contractors, leaders and special guests from the Lone Star State dined in the name of conservation during the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance’s inaugural Dallas Area Conservation Dinner held during National Hunting and Fishing Day on September 22.
Union Volunteers Inspire MN Youth at Outdoor Events
Nearly 150 union members, shooting enthusiasts and other guests—including Roofers President Kinsey Robinson, Governor Mark Dayton and Attorney General Lori Swanson—teamed up to support conservation at the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance’s (USA) 2nd Annual Roofers International Twin Cities Sporting Clays Shoot and Get Youth Outdoors Day on September 15 and 16 at Wild Marsh Sporting Clays in Clear Lake.
Union Volunteers Put Finishing Touches on Conservation Education Center
As part of a Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) Boots on the Ground project, volunteers from Painters District Council No. 30 helped put the finishing touches on a new facility that will host youth educational programs at the Torstenson Family Youth Conservation Education Center.
MEDIA ALERT | Twin Cities Events Aim to Pass on America’s Outdoor Heritage
The Union Sportsmen's Alliance and the United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers & Allied Workers are teaming up to help raise imperative funding to support the USA's conservation mission and a special Boots on the Ground conservation project directed at instilling a love of the great outdoors in Minnesota's youth.
USA Welcomes Bricklayers as Charter Union
The International Association of Bricklayers and Allied Craft Workers (BAC) has signed on as the USA’s newest charter union, joining the ranks of the AFL-CIO and 10 of its affiliate unions, and offering all active and retired BAC members a no-cost USA membership.