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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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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 …

Senate Passes Recreation Economy Bill

November 28, 2016 – American Hiking Society thanks the U.S. Senate for passing the Outdoor Recreation Jobs and Economic Impact Act of 2016 this week. This bill was passed by the House of Representatives in mid-November. This legislation, once signed by the President, would have the Bureau of Economic Analysis thoroughly …

AHS Efforts on the Hill – Energy Act

September 27, 2016 – American Hiking Society has been busily working on numerous pieces of legislation with the US Congress and one of the bills that’s been taking quite a bit of our time is the North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act (S.2012). Why is AHS working on a …

New U.S. Forest Service Saw Policy

July 19, 2016 – The U.S.D.A. Forest Service’s new Saw Policy was published today in the Federal Register. The new policy revises Forest Service Manual 2350 regarding training and certification for the use of chain saws and crosscut saws in National Forests. The new policy affects not just Forest …

DOI Releases Economic Impact Report

June 17, 2016 – Today the Department of the Interior released a report that showed that our National Parks, Fish & Wildlife Refuges, and other lands they manage are more than just good fun – they’re good business. The report highlights that in 2015, with about 443 million visits …

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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.