Realizing the importance of educating our young people as well as adults, member clubs are involved with DEC Hunter Safety Programs, Scouting and 4-H activities.
The Federation supports the Fish & Wildlife Coalition for Youth, and the Future Fisherman Foundation. Our Federation was one of the first in the state to initiate the Lend-A-Pole Program. Many libraries throughout Ulster County participate in this program. Every spring we hold our annual Children's Fishing Contest at Lippman Park in Wawarsing. Every year the member clubs send over 50 Ulster County youths to NYS DEC Environmental Education Summer Camps. Money raised by the Federation's member clubs is also awarded through youth grants.
The Federation also aids the NYS DEC with stocking thousands of trout and walleye each spring and fall in many of the streams throughout Ulster County.
The Federation works closely with our government representatives at the local, state and national levels to emphasize sportmens interests. Pertinent bills are monitored throughout the legislative process in cooperation with the NYS Trappers Association, the NYS Conservation Council, the Conservation Alliance of NY and the US Sportsmen's Alliance.