American Hiking Seeks Director of Policy and Advocacy

American Hiking Society seeks a Director of Policy and Advocacy to work with Congress, the Administration, federal agencies, and conservation and recreation partners to shape public policy and legislation affecting hiking. POSITION SUMMARY The Director of Policy and Advocacy has primary responsibility for policy and government relations.  Responsibilities include advocating for funding and protection of hiking trails, promoting policies and practices that preserve natural areas, opposing policies detrimental to conservation and hiking, and promoting and protecting the hiking experience. The Director of Policy and Advocacy reports to the Executive Director.  As a part of AHS’s policy, this position can telecommute.  However, due to the frequency that this position needs to report to meetings and events in Washington, D.C., we are only ... Read more

AHS Defending Trails in 2018 Budget Battle

July 7, 2017 - Today American Hiking Society, in coordination with our partners American Trails, Back Country Horsemen of America, and the Partnership for the National Trails System, submitted a letter to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees and their Subcommittees on the Interior encouraging Congress to adequately fund trails. As we noted earlier, the Administration's budget proposed draconian cuts to trails funding for 2018. While AHS well understands the fiscal reality of things, we also understand that trails, Are a good value. With volunteers contributing millions of hours and supporters donating millions of dollars to trail maintenance and and protection, federal funding is an investment that is leveraged to do substantially more work than the dollars being allocated. Are ... Read more

Executive Order Threatens National Monuments

In April, President Donald Trump issued an executive order calling for the review of all national monument designations occurring after January 1, 1996, where the monument exceeds 100,000 acres. Shortly after, the Department of the Interior confirmed that Giant Sequoia National Monument is on that list along with 26 others. This administration’s actions reveal a great deal about its perspective on the purpose and value of our public lands. People come from around the globe to stand in awe under the largest living things on Earth. Giant Sequoia National Monument — designated by President Clinton in 2000 and spanning over 328,000 acres — shelters a large portion of the giant sequoia forests remaining in the world today. Since 1906, both Democratic ... Read more

House Trails Caucus

While trails in America can sometimes be taken for granted, it's good to know that there are members of Congress for whom trails are always on their radar. That group of concerned members is the House Trails Caucus! This group helps to ensure that these treasured outdoor resources are available to the American people throughout the country, providing access to public lands as well as healthy transportation options. The mission of the bipartisan House Trails Caucus is to provide a forum for interested members of Congress to work together for the creation and conservation of our natural landscape and recreation activities through the preservation of trails. They do this through such things as hosting briefings and informational events as well as by ... Read more

Support Trails Funding in 2018 Federal Budget

The Administration's proposed budget for fiscal year 2018 (October 2017 – September 2018) reveals what are nothing less than catastrophic cuts to programs that directly impact trails and the places where Americans enjoy the outdoors. The proposed budget for trails and the federal agencies that manage and maintain trails on federal lands fails to provide for even the most basic necessities to maintain and manage these critical recreation resources. We are stronger when we stand together. If your organization is as shocked at the Administration's proposed budget as most of us who support trails, outdoor recreation, and public lands, we ask that you add your organization's name to our letter requesting funding to protect our trails and the lands around ... Read more

Wildfire Suppression Addressed in New Bill

June 9, 2017 – A bill (HR2862) that would address the critical issue of funding for wildfire suppression has been introduced in the House of Representatives by Representatives Mike Simpson (R-ID) and Kurt Schrader (D-OR). Currently, when the fire suppression budgets at the US Department of the Interior (DOI) and the US Forest Service (USFS) are exhausted, the only way either agency can continue to fund the critical work of wildfire suppression, is by “borrowing” funds from other in-house programs – sometimes the very programs which would help alleviate future wildfires. This bill, if passed, would ensure that the suppression of large wildfires is funded similarly to other natural disasters. While this bill is important for DOI and the National Park ... Read more

You’re Invited to #FindYourTrail

In 2018, America will celebrate the 50th anniversary of our National Trails System and Americans everywhere are being encouraged to #FindYourTrail! When the 1968 National Trails System Act was signed into law, America was given a gift – the creation of the National Trails System and the protection of some of our favorite places where we can enjoy the great outdoors. While there have been changes over the years, today the National Trails System includes a variety of trails such trails as the Appalachian Trail, the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail, and thousands of others. We have these trails because those who came before us had the courage to dream big. Identifying and protecting a narrow strip of land where ... Read more
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