Funding for conservation projects ends up in many different places, from trail maintenance to habitat restoration. For example, it can be used for:
- Managing national parks
- Conducting research on climate change in wildlife refuges
- Buying new land that can be protected as public land by the Bureau of Land Management
- Keeping visitor centers opened and maintained
Making sure the federal budget provides adequate funding for this kind of work is key to keeping wilderness protected.
Conservation work requires significant funding. Unfortunately, Congress constantly targets funds dedicated to conservation. We work to ensure lawmakers set aside adequate resources to keep public lands healthy and accessible.
Each year members of Congress and the president make budgetary decisions about how federal tax dollars and fees are distributed for land and water conservation. Conservation funds are part of the president’s budget as well as legislative priorities managed by Congress.
Certain funding priorities help ensure the protection of future wilderness areas. These include the federal ‘green budget’ and funding for land and water conservation.
Have more questions about conservation funding? Our conservation FAQs can help.
Stay current on legislation moving in Congress, issues affecting wilderness and wilderness designation campaigns with our Notes from the Hill.
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Find fact sheets, reports and other resources related to wilderness policy and conservation.
- Thursday, January 19, 2017
As the Obama Administration draws to a close, we recognize President Obama's accomplishments in land conservation, energy reforms, efforts to help more Americans visit our great outdoors and honoring America’s diverse culture and history.
- Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Yesterday on Capitol Hill, Representative Ryan Zinke appeared before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee to answer questions at his confirmation hearing to serve as Secretary of the Interior.
The Wilderness Society president, Jamie Williams issued the following statement:
“It was heartening to see Ryan Zinke voice his strong support for our parks and other public lands, but at the same time he questioned settled science around climate change and called for the rollback of the BLM's new rule to curb natural gas waste.
- Tuesday, January 17, 2017
After a ten-year environmental review with record public involvement, today the Forest Service issued its final decision to not lease 40,000 acres of sprawling wild lands in Wyoming’s Bridger-Teton National Forest.