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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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Trails Funding on the Chopping Block

November 2, 2015 – This would be a true game-changer: the Transportation Bill (H.R. 3763) that recently passed out of committee goes to the floor in the House of Representatives this week and two amendments have been offered that would eliminate the Recreational Trails Program – a program that …

Trails and the Federal Transportation Act

November, 2015 – The Federal Surface Transportation Act is the nation’s “highways bill” and is generally reauthorized every 4-6 years although this program has lately been running on a series of extensions. It now nears the end of another extension and Congress is working urgently on a full-fledged transportation bill …

Government Avoids Shutdown – For Now

October 1, 2015 – As the end of fiscal year 2015 loomed, Congress passed a last-minute Continuing Resolution (CR) that would keep the U.S. government funded and operating until December 11, 2015. While this is certainly welcome news, the nation will likely face the potential for another shutdown as …

LWCF Lapses – 1st Time in 50 Years

September 30, 2015 – Fifty years ago Congress understood that the depletion of a public resource should – fairly – result in a benefit to the American people, the owners of that resource, and made a promise to do just that. This promise was fulfilled in the creation of the …

LWCF State-side Funds Announced

August 13, 2015 – U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today announced $42 million in funding to states to promote outdoor recreation and conservation. The funding, distributed to all 50 states, territories and the District of Columbia, comes from offshore oil and gas royalties through the Land & …

Help Promote Your Favorite Trail

This spring American Hiking Society will be joining our federal partners as we celebrate all the places where Americans enjoy the outdoors. AHS’s trails promos, complimentary to the larger National Park Service “Find Your Park” movement, will seek to get Americans thinking about all the places they can get …

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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.