Federal Funding Priorities

Each year the president and Congress develop budget proposals to decide how much money federal conservation programs will receive.

Our wildlands need strong and consistent funding to remain healthy — but they don’t always get it. At Wilderness, we work to ensure the presidential administration and Congress understand how important conservation funding is. 

Administrative priorities

Each February, the president releases a spending proposal that reflects the administration’s priorities for the coming year.  A strong budget for conservation programs is always a critical first step to gaining adequate funding for wilderness.

Legislative priorities

Our legislators play a huge role in deciding how much money our parks, refuges, forests and wilderness areas receive. These federal investments ensure that our public lands and waters are healthy and accessible. These same lands also provide important scientific and educational opportunities. 

Helpful links

 

  • Emily Linroth

    Today, several measures aimed to roll back protections on our nation’s public lands were defeated in the Senate as part of the Keystone XL Pipeline bill. These amendments would have, among other effects, dismantled permanent protection for millions of acres of wilderness quality lands (S.A. 166) that await protection and weakened the Antiquities Act (S.A. 132), a law used by 16 presidents to protect places such as the Grand Canyon and the Statue of Liberty. 

  • Michael Reinemer

    The agency rule was issued after a federal court ruled in 2013 that the Forest Service was in violation of an executive order on off-road vehicle management. The statement from The Wilderness Society follows:

  • Jennifer Dickson

    Despite major risks, obstacles and climate change concerns, the proposed plan would allow drilling for oil and gas in this remote, fragile and rapidly warming environment.

    The proposed Chukchi and Beaufort sea lease sales exclude relatively small areas where leasing would be prohibited.