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. 

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  • Anastasia Greene

    “Secretary Jewell is on the right track. The plan to pursue cancellation of this oil and gas lease sets the stage for getting rid of the remaining leases in the Badger-Two Medicine region,” said Jamie Williams, president of The Wilderness Society. “This is not only an ecologically invaluable link between Glacier National Park and the Bob Marshall Wilderness Area, it’s a sacred place for the Blackfeet Nation and a stronghold for the Blackfeet culture.

  • Michael Reinemer

    “In this season of Thanksgiving, we are grateful to have a bipartisan group of Senators at the grown-ups’ table showing real leadership by advancing legislation to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund, in S. 556,” said Alan Rowsome, Senior Director of Government Relations for Lands at The Wilderness Society.  “That contrasts with Rep.

  • Michael Reinemer

    Today federal legislation to protect and enhance the Yakima River basin’s fisheries, ecosystem and water supply was passed by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.