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. 

  • Map and infographics showing the region of the plan, what matters in the Pacific Northwestt (1), what people want in a Northwest Forest Plan (2) and what most voters support in a revised Northwest Forest plan (3). A two page summary of the polls results is below the map and infographics.

  • statewide survey of 600 registered voters in Washington, Oregon and California, with an additional oversample of 200 registered voters in California counties, was conducted by telephone using professional interviewers, including 45% of all interviews conducted via cell phone.

  • “We Can’t Wait: Why we need reform of the federal coal program now,” shows how the industry has been passing on millions in costs every day to the public. The status quo of the program has impacted public lands to the tune of billions of dollars and could multiply if coal companies aren’t held responsible for cleanup as they go bankrupt. Damages due to climate change from mining emissions will cost billions and drinking water for entire cities could be lost to mining or polluted beyond safe drinking levels.