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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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You’re Invited to #FindYourTrail

In 2018, America will celebrate the 50th anniversary of our National Trails System and Americans everywhere are being encouraged to #FindYourTrail!

When the 1968 National Trails System Act was signed into law, America was given a gift – the creation of the National Trails System and the protection of some …

Administration’s Budget Proposes Catastrophic Cuts to Trails

June 7, 2017 – The Administration recently released its budget for fiscal year 2018 (October 2017 – September 2018) revealing what are nothing less than catastrophic cuts to programs that directly impact trails and the places where Americans hike. The proposed budget for trails and the federal agencies that …

Protecting Public Lands in 2017 Budget

May 4, 2017 – This week Congress at last passed the Fiscal Year 2017 budget. Included in the budget, was $400 million for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). LWCF is a crucial program for conserving public lands, trails, and the land around trails. American Hiking Society thanks …

Hike the Hill 2017 Wrap-up

This past February, advocates from across the nation joined American Hiking Society and the Partnership for the National Trails System in hiking the Hill and making the case for the preservation of trails and the conservation of public lands. Trails advocates from as far away as Alaska and Hawaii …

Public Lands Encounter Grave New Threat

January 6, 2017 – This past Tuesday when House Republicans passed a rules package, the approach towards the Ethics Office caught most of the public’s attention. Yet, while that item did not pass, what did pass was a substantive change that would drastically ease the transfer of public lands.

Under the …

Forest Trails Stewardship Bill Becomes Law

November 28, 2016 – Today President Obama signed the National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act (NFSTSA), a bill for which American Hiking Society and partner organizations American Horse Council, Back Country Horsemen of America, and the Wilderness Society, all advocated.

In 2013, the Government Accountability Office conducted a study of …

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Trail Issues in Congress and the Administration

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Policy Position Statements

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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.