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

 

  • Michael Reinemer

    Citing some of “the most beautiful and iconic landscapes on earth” in Teton County’s backyard, the board of commissioners Tuesday morning unanimously passed a resolution that “opposes any and all efforts by the State of Wyoming to obtain the wholesale transfer of federal lands in Wyoming” to the state. In January, Sweetwater County filed a letter with the state legislature stating similar opposition to measures that would turn over federal public lands—such as parks, wilderness, and national forests—to state jurisdiction and management.

  • Tim Woody

    In spite of Royal Dutch Shell’s disastrous performance during the 2012 Arctic Ocean drilling season, the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management today conditionally approved the company’s 2015 exploration plan, which provides even fewer safeguards for the Chukchi Sea and its sensitive coastline than Shell had in place three years ago. Shell also plans to bring a different rig operated by a new contractor to the Arctic Ocean in 2015, which could result in unexpected transport and drilling problems.

  • Michael Reinemer

    The Wilderness Society strongly supports bipartisan legislation, the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act of 2015 (S. 235, H.R. 167), to fix a budgetary problem called “fire borrowing.”  This is a destructive cycle in which the Forest Service is forced to take funds from other forest programs when its allotted wildfire funds are used up, essentially robbing Peter to pay Paul to put out fires in our national forests.