This February, over 120 advocates laced up their boots and hiked the halls of Congress to name for motion to guard and develop entry for all to public lands and trails. Within the lead-up to Hike the Hill, American Mountain climbing Govt Director Kate Van Waes, Partnership for the Nationwide Path System Advocacy and Coverage Director Kathy DeCoster, and Continental Divide Path Coalition Coverage and Communication Supervisor Amanda Wheelock testified earlier than the Home Appropriations Committee Inside Subcommittee.
The 23rd annual Hike the Hill, introduced collectively American Mountain climbing’s NextGen Path Leaders with different hikers, path customers, and volunteers as one collective voice. Collectively, individuals requested their elected officers to take motion on outside entry and fairness laws by co-sponsoring the Transit to Trails Act (H.R. 4273/S. 2467) and the Outside for All Act (H.R.4512/ S.1458), present full and devoted funding to the Land and Water Conservation Fund (H.R. 3195/S.1081), tackle the $20+ billion public lands upkeep backlog (H.R. 1225/S. 500), and fund our nation’s trails and public lands to be open for all to make use of.
NextGen Path Leaders had their first alternative to satisfy with the workplaces of their Members of Congress concerning the affect that trails and outside entry has had of their lives. All through the week, Path Leaders shared their experiences on social media inspiring others throughout the nation to take their very own motion and become involved in advocacy efforts.
Hike the Hill additionally noticed thrilling progress from our company companions, with U.S. Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen publicly saying the 10-12 months Path Stewardship Problem that seeks to carry non-profit companions along with the Forest Service to attain shared stewardship of Forest Service Trails and tackle the rising upkeep backlog. Nationwide Park Service Appearing Director David Vela shared his plans for the subsequent 100 years of the Park Service, together with the help of trails.
Wrapping up Hike the Hill, advocates, companions, congressional employees, and company leaders got here collectively on the REI DC flagship retailer to have fun the significance of public lands and the path group and to foster extra collaboration and make new connections.
Be part of our rising group subsequent February at Hike the Hill 2021!