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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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National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act

In 2013 the Government Accountability Office (GAO) conducted a study of U.S. Forest Service trails that revealed a $314 million backlog in trail maintenance and that only one fourth of all Forest Service trails met the agency’s standards for trail maintenance. Clearly this is an area where the U.S. …

Land & Water Conservation Fund is Back!

Dec 16, 2015 – The House of Representatives unveiled an Omnibus budget package late yesterday evening and the details were revealed today. While this is not a done deal yet, the legislation is expected to pass the House and Senate later this week.

The good news: the Land and Water Conservation …

One More Call to Congress

December 4, 2015 – At AHS, we know we’ve asked quite a bit of you recently, but this is extremely important, so we’re asking you to reach out to Congress one more time. In a recent development impacting the survival of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) as …

A Huge Victory for Trails!

You did it! America now has a 5-year Transportation bill that has passed both chambers of Congress and will go to the White House for the President’s signature next week where it will be made the law of the land. And in a tremendous victory for America’s hikers and …

PARC Act Hurts Trails – Take Action!

Nov 18, 2015 – While the Senate has incorporated a slightly “tweaked” version of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) reauthorization into a piece of legislation that has already passed through committee with bipartisan support, the House Natural Resources Committee Chairman, Rob Bishop, has introduced an overhaul of LWCF …

Put That in the “Win” Column!

November 4, 2015 – Thanks to the good work of so many people – especially so many of you in the hiking community who responded to American Hiking Society’s action alert – two amendments that would have ended the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) failed to advance to a vote …

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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.