Forest Funding

Properly funding America’s 155 national forests is a priority for The Wilderness Society. Without proper investment, our national forests will not be able to meet the challenges they face or provide the outdoor recreation opportunities people rely upon.

America’s national forests receive funding from a number of sources and for a number of projects. 

National Forest Service budget

Funding needed to secure clean drinking water, repair recreational trails and restore healthy forests depends on the annual federal budget appropriations process. 

Funding for restoration

Our national forests are damaged from decades of unsustainable logging, road building, fire suppression and urbanization. Restoration funding is critical keep our national forests standing tall for future generations. 

  • 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.