News: American Hiking Society Updates

Our main contributor Jeff Senterman is in Seattle this weekend attending the spring board meeting of the American Hiking Society. Jeff has been a board member since 2015 and takes part in the discussions, planning and implementation of programs for this national hiking organization.

Founded in 1976, American Hiking Society is the only national organization that promotes and protects foot trails, their surrounding natural areas, and the hiking experience. As the national voice for hikers, American Hiking Society recognizes that foot trails and hiking are essential to connect people with nature, conserve open space, provide biological corridors for diverse plants and wildlife, and for the health of Americans and our natural environment. They represent millions of hikers who are committed to beautiful places to hike and believe that the preservation of hiking trails and their environments is important and a worthwhile legacy to leave future generations.

The American Hiking Society champions conservation issues, builds public and private partnerships, supports volunteer stewardship, and provides critical resources to help plan, fund, and develop trails. They also provide resources to the public about how and where to hike and are committed to increasing the participation and enjoyment of hiking by everyone.

What does the American Hiking Society do?

Policy and Advocacy

The American Hiking Society works with Congress and federal agencies to shape public policy and legislation affecting hiking. Their efforts ensure funding for hiking trails, the preservation of natural areas and the protection of hiking experiences. Through their national advocacy/Hike the Hill® and regional initiatives American Hiking protects trails and the hiking experience in areas of the country where specific and urgent needs exist.

Volunteerism and Stewardship

The American Hiking Society organizes and coordinates Volunteer Vacations and National Trails Day® – nationally recognized programs that help keep our trails open, safe, and enjoyable. Their National Trails Fund is the only national private grants program for hiking trails across the United States.

Outreach and Education

The American Hiking Society is committed to increasing Americans’ participation in and enjoyment of hiking and conducts outreach through events, educational materials and partnerships with other recreation and conservation organizations.