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

    Senator Cantwell, the ranking member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, has scheduled a hearing in Seattle on August 27 to examine wildfire issues.  Senator John Barrasso, who chairs that committee’s Public Lands, Forests and Mining subcommittee, is also scheduled to participate in the hearing.

  • Tim Woody

    When President Obama visits Alaska at the end of August, climate change will be a key focus of his trip. The Wilderness Society developed the following memo to provide a brief primer on key Alaska public lands where the effects of climate change can already be seen. This information is intended to ease your research and inform your reporting during the president’s visit. It focuses on four areas where the president’s administration has made major, important decisions:

  • Anastasia Greene

    “We are heartened to see that President Obama is focusing on clean energy as part of building an enduring environmental legacy in the last 18 months of his presidency, and the Clean Power Plan is a good start,” said Jamie Williams, president of the Wilderness Society, one of the oldest conservation groups in the United States. "This administration has shifted the role our public lands play in powering the nation. We have solar projects on public lands for the first time ever.