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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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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 …

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 …

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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.