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 2016 Green Budget proposal includes funding for government programs that are supported by The Wilderness Society in our key work, including:
- Land and Water Conservation Fund
- 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
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.