Electric Bicycle Position Statement

Background In the belief that in the near future electric bicycles (eBikes), particularly electric mountain bikes intended for trail use, may become more readily available to the public and more common on the trail, American Hiking Society seeks to clarify the organization’s position on this topic. “Low-speed electric bicycles” are defined by federal law (15 U.S. Code § 2085) as “a two- or three-wheeled vehicle with fully operable pedals and an electric motor of less than 750 watts (1 h.p.), whose maximum speed on a paved level surface, when powered solely by such a motor while ridden by an operator who weighs 170 pounds, is less than 20 mph.” eBikes are generally categorized as: • Type 1: pedal assist with a maximum assisted ... 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

Introducing AHS Ambassador Michael Lanza

American Hiking Society is thrilled to welcome Michael Lanza to the Ambassador Program of AHS- where he hopes to inspire families to discover the powerful emotional payoff and bond achieved through sharing outdoor experiences. Michael Lanza is the creator of The Big Outside, where he blogs about his outdoor adventures, including many with his wife and children. The Big Outside has made numerous top blog lists, including USA Today’s Readers Choice list of Top 10 Hiking and Outdoors Bloggers in 2014. Michael was the Northwest Editor of Backpacker magazine for 11 years and continues to write for the magazine. His book Before They're Gone—A Family's Year-Long Quest to Explore America's Most Endangered National Parks, winner of a National Outdoor Book Award ... Read more

#HikingMakesMe Interview – Michael Lanza

American Hiking Society Ambassador, Michael Lanza, responds to our #HikingMakesMe interview. 1. My name is Michael Lanza 2. When I go on a hike, I never leave home without hugging my family (unless they’re going with me). 3. My favorite book about the outdoors is tough to pick, but probably Desert Solitaire, by Edward Abbey. 4. In addition to hiking, I love spending time rock climbing and backcountry skiing, especially with my kids. 5. America’s inadequate response to climate change frustrates me more than anything in the whole world. 6. I’m most proud of my kids, first and foremost, but also publishing an award-winning book about spending a year taking our young kids on wilderness adventures in national parks facing severe threats from climate change. 7. ... 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

Administration’s Budget Catastrophic for Trails & Recreation

SILVER SPRING, MD – June 8, 2017 – The Administration recently released its budget for fiscal year 2018 revealing what are nothing less than catastrophic cuts to programs that directly impact trails and the places where Americans hike. The proposed budget for trails and the federal agencies that manage and maintain trails fails to provide for even the most basic necessities to maintain and manage these critical recreation resources. In addition to being used by hikers, bikers, and equestrians, trails are the gateway to nearly every other facet of outdoor recreation, including fishing, hunting, and camping. A failure to maintain and manage our nation’s trails directly impacts park visitation, visitor safety, the ability for people to enjoy healthy outdoor recreation, ... 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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