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

 

  • Testimony delivered by The Wilderness Society's Chase Huntley to the House Natural Resources Committee Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources

  • A letter to Members of the House of Representatives urging them to oppose HR 4899, a bill that would undermine important wildland protections and force drilling in pristine areas of the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska

  • Every year, a coalition of conservation and environmental groups produce a report to help Congress as it debates the federal budget for the year. This report, has typically been to referred to as the "Green Budget." This year, it is titled "Green Investments," and it illustrates the importance of reinvesting in conservation and natural resources programs for Fiscal Year 2015 by looking at some of the effects of recent budget cuts.