Local residents and visitors to the South Sauty area have a new park pavilion to enjoy thanks to the work completed by union volunteers from Ironworkers Local 92 through the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance’s (USA) Work Boots on the Ground (WBG) conservation program.
The work was actually just across the Marshall County line in Jackson County, but lots of residents of the South Sauty community here also consider them part of the Langston community across the creek.
Located on the shore of Lake Guntersville, the recently completed project was a joint effort between the Town of Langston, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) and the USA, which brings together union members to donate their time and trade skills for conservation.
“The city of Langston provided funds for materials,” said Bart Maddox, Local 92 business manager/financial secretary-treasurer, “and the ADCNR did all the groundwork. Fifteen local members in our apprentice training program, accompanied by training instructors Marcidan Frazier and Lane Kelton and instructor-in-training Joshua Chadwick, then spent three workdays completing the project.”
The volunteers set the roof elevation and installed trusses, purlins and roof decking, donating 332 labor hours worth $17,596.
“It was a win-win all around,” added Maddox. “Not only did we see a lot of community support during the project with many local residents, including Mayor Butch Vaught, visiting the worksite, Local 92’s Training Coordinator Thomas Mathis said the skills the apprentices used on the project fell right in line with his scheduled training plan.”
Since the pavilion’s completion, local bass clubs have used it as a meeting place, and many family and friend groups have used it while launching and loading boats at the park’s access ramp.
“We’re thankful the USA provides union members an opportunity to do something for the public,” said Maddox, “and to allow the community to see this side of union craftsmen. We’re average, everyday people who like to hunt, fish and recreate in the outdoors just like they do.”
“This project is exactly what the USA is all about,” added Cody Campbell, USA conservation coordinator. “It enhanced the public’s outdoor experience, allowed the USA to engage with our union members and provided an opportunity for union workers to interact with the community in a very positive way.”
Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) is a union-dedicated, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose members hunt, fish, shoot and volunteer their skills for conservation. The USA is uniting the union community through conservation to preserve North America’s outdoor heritage. For more information, visit www.unionsportsmen.org or connect on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Work Boots on the Ground (WBG) is the USA’s flagship conservation program that brings together union members willing to volunteer their time and expertise to conservation projects that improve and enhance public access to the outdoors, conserve wildlife habitat, restore America’s parks and mentor youth in the outdoors. The USA’s Work Boots on the Ground program works closely with federal, state and local agencies and other conservation groups to provide manpower needed to complete critical projects that may otherwise go undone.
USA-1: Volunteers from Ironworkers Local 92 donated 332 labor hours, a $17,596 value, to construct the new park pavilion in Langston.
USA-2: The skills the Ironworkers Local 92 apprentices learned while building the pavilion fit perfectly into their training schedule.
USA-3: The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance’s Work Boots on the Ground program unites union members to volunteer their time and skills to complete local conservation projects that benefit the public.