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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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Fracking Threatens Trail Lands & Hiking

America needs energy. Hikers are no exception.  But a dirtier, more damaging and unconventional natural oil and gas development practice known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, represents a threat to a healthy, enjoyable hiking experience and a sustainable recreation economy for many areas of America.  Infamously linked to flaming …

Fracking and Hiking – Frequently Asked Questions

1-Q. What is hydraulic fracturing?
1-A.  Contrary to popular belief, hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking, is not a drilling technique.  It is rather a process used after drilling is already complete to extract natural gas from oil shale beneath the earth’s surface.  Once a well is drilled in the shale, …

New Monument Protects Prime California Coastal Hiking Spot

On March 11, 2014, President Obama used his authority granted to him by the 1906 Antiquities Act to designate the Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands as a National Monument.  At the historic signing, President Obama noted, “We are talking about over 1,600 acres of incredible coastline in California that reflects …

Trail Advocates to Gather in DC

February 9 – 12:  Hike the Hill® (HTH) is an annual policy event that invites foot trail advocates from around the country to gather in Washington, DC, to discuss pertinent legislative issues affecting the successful management of trails and public lands. Attendees truly do “Hike the Hill” when they …

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Report Exposes Fracking Impact on Environment

On October 8, Environment Virginia, American Hiking Society and Potomac Riverkeeper will release a new report that quantifies the damage already done across the country by the dirty drilling technique known as “fracking” (high volume hydraulic fracturing).
This report is being released in advance of the U.S. Forest Service’s decision …

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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.