Every year, the conservation community creates a Green Budget, which is a guide that gives members of Congress and the environmental community a look at federal conservation programs across the country.
The Green Budget is a central resource people can consult in order to better understand and use conservation funding opportunities.
Each year, a coalition of national environmental and conservation organizations identifies federal programs for inclusion in the Green Budget. The budget shows how federal funding for conservation can help:
- Meet the environmental challenges of a changing climate,
- Develop our clean energy resources, and
- Sustain our nation’s lands, waters and other natural resources.
It is aimed at guiding conservation funding decisions in Washington, D.C.
Why the Green Budget
Members of Congress and the environmental community use the “Green Budget” as a quick guide to federal conservation programs across the country. It is a tool that can guide their conservation funding decisions in areas such as:
- Protecting land and wildlife
- Securing our clean energy future
- Combating climate change
The “2013 Green Budget proposal includes funding for government programs that are supported by The Wilderness Society in our key work:
- Land and Water Conservation Fund
- Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Plan
- National Landscape Conservation System
- Legacy Roads and Trails Program
The Land and Water Conservation Fund
The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) is the premier federal program to conserve our nation’s land, water and historic and recreation heritage. The LWCF is a critical tool to acquire and protect pockets of private land that exist within national parks, forests and other federal land protection systems.
It also allows us to protect:
- National and state parks
- National wildlife refuges
- National forests
- Wild and scenic rivers
- National scenic and historic trails
- Bureau of Land Management lands and other types of wildlands
Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Plan
The Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Plan (CFLRP) is a U.S. Forest Service program that encourages science-based ecosystem restoration of priority forest landscapes. The program also benefits local communities by creating jobs in the woods improving wildlife habitat and restoring forest health.
National Landscape Conservation System
The National Landscape Conservation System (NLCS) is a system of public lands which provides critical wildlife habitat, clean water, innumerable recreational opportunities and open space near fast-growing cities as well as countless research opportunities due to astounding cultural, historic and paleontological resources.
Legacy Roads and Trails Program
The Legacy Roads and Trails Program is a U.S. Forest Service program that:
- Funds the decommissioning of unneeded, environmentally problematic roads and trails
- Repairs important, high priority roads and trails
The program also reduces the cost of the road system, which creates a more responsible and sustainable forest service budget.