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Since 1976, American Hiking has worked with Congress, federal agencies, and many recreation and conservation partners on policy issues and legislation to ensure funding for trails, preservation of natural areas, and protection of the hiking experience.

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American Hiking Seeks Director of Policy and Advocacy

American Hiking Society seeks a Director of Policy and Advocacy to work with Congress, the Administration, federal agencies, and conservation and recreation partners to shape public policy and legislation affecting hiking.


The Director of Policy and Advocacy has primary responsibility for policy and government relations.  Responsibilities include advocating for …

AHS Defending Trails in 2018 Budget Battle

July 7, 2017 – Today American Hiking Society, in coordination with our partners American Trails, Back Country Horsemen of America, and the Partnership for the National Trails System, submitted a letter to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees and their Subcommittees on the Interior encouraging Congress to adequately fund …

Executive Order Threatens National Monuments

In April, President Donald Trump issued an executive order calling for the review of all national monument designations occurring after January 1, 1996, where the monument exceeds 100,000 acres. Shortly after, the Department of the Interior confirmed that Giant Sequoia National Monument is on that list along with 26 …

House Trails Caucus

While trails in America can sometimes be taken for granted, it’s good to know that there are members of Congress for whom trails are always on their radar. That group of concerned members is the House Trails Caucus! This group helps to ensure that these treasured outdoor resources are …

Support Trails Funding in 2018 Federal Budget

The Administration’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2018 (October 2017 – September 2018) reveals what are nothing less than catastrophic cuts to programs that directly impact trails and the places where Americans enjoy the outdoors. The proposed budget for trails and the federal agencies that manage and maintain trails …

Wildfire Suppression Addressed in New Bill

June 9, 2017 – A bill (HR2862) that would address the critical issue of funding for wildfire suppression has been introduced in the House of Representatives by Representatives Mike Simpson (R-ID) and Kurt Schrader (D-OR).

Currently, when the fire suppression budgets at the US Department of the Interior (DOI) and …

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Trail Issues in Congress and the Administration

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Policy Position Statements

View American Hiking’s Board-approved policy position statements.

Hike The Hill

Trail advocates from across the nation gather in Washington, DC, each year,  to learn, to network, and to urge Congress to protect trails and the hiking experience at American Hiking Society’s Hike the Hill.  Learn more about the 20th Annual Hike the Hill which will take place February 12-15, 2017 and is preceded by a Partnership for the National Trails System board and leadership meeting on February 11, 2017.