Silver Spring, MD – In its quest to be an ever-stronger ally, so as not to take space from the very important discussions and protests around racism in America and, in particular, around police brutality of Black bodies, American Hiking Society will suspend its promotion of National Trails Day® this year.  Instead, we will be taking allyship actions, including: amplifying Black voices in the outdoor community; sharing resources on racism in the outdoors that will link back to publications and content authored by people of color; and urging our supporters to call on Congress to pass legislation that provides equitable access to quality natural spaces for ALL. We thank our partners Athletic Brewing Co., Merrell, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Popular Mechanics, and others who have supported this decision to re-focus our efforts where we feel they are needed most at this time.

Contact: Kate Van Waes, 301.565.6704×710 or [email protected]