Integrated Resource Restoration Budget

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Integrated Resource Restoration is a budgeting experiment designed to help the U.S. Forest Service more effectively plan and implement forest restoration projects.

The Forest Service budget is made up of many different pots of money, each with its own narrow purpose. These budget “silos” can be a barrier to accomplishing effective forest restoration. By combining existing funds into a single pot for restoration, Integrated Resource Restoration aims to achieve better restoration results on the ground.

What is the Integrated Resource Restoration budget?

The pilot program began in 2012 in forests along the Rocky Mountains. Existing pots of money for timber, watershed, wildlife, roads and hazardous fuels are combined into a single restoration pot. This budget serves many different uses but, according to direction given by Congress, restoration is the primary goal.

Why is Integrated Resource Restoration important?

Budget demands largely determine the Forest Service’s work. Ideally, creating a restoration-focused budget will direct attention on restoration and bring together staff from different disciplines to collaboratively design and implement projects that better protect our forests from water pollution, invasive species, climate change and other threats. 

Looking ahead

The Forest Service estimates it will take at least three years before we begin to see the program’s full impacts. Success is not guaranteed, but The Wilderness Society works with the Forest Service to help ensure the program delivers on its promises.

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