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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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Major Victory for Conservation of America’s Great Outdoors

April 20, 2016 – As America prepares to celebrate Earth Day, the U.S. Senate passed legislation that would permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). First passed in 1964, LWCF has been absolutely critical to the conservation of America’s public lands where Americans love to hike, play, …

Join AHS on Park Rx Day

National Park Rx Day is a day celebrated across the United States to promote the growing movement of prescribing parks and nature to patients to improve human health. National Park Rx Day encourages everyone to start seeing visits to parks and public lands as very important parts of their health. Last …

Hike the Hill 2016 a Success

More than 75 advocates from all across the country came to Washington, D.C., to discuss issues affecting hiking trails as well as to meet with Members of Congress and land management agency officials during 2016’s Hike the Hill® in early February. Hike the Hill®, an annual event, is a …

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 …

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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.