Four in five voters oppose funding cuts for National Forests, poll shows

National Forest Foundation

A nationwide poll shows overwhelming bipartisan support for funding National Forests, the National Forest Foundation (NFF) announced last week.

Americans reported that they highly value the many benefits provided by the 193-million-acre National Forest System, including many recreation opportunities as well as cleaner air and water. Last year, National Forests hosted more than 160 million visitors, generating $13 billon in economic activity. 

Survey results revealed:

  • 81% think National Forest funding should not be cut, regardless of budgets
  • 72% said they would support increased funding, even a small tax increase 
  • 83% of voters agree that conservation is patriotic
  • 70% agreed that one of the things the U.S. government does best is protect and preserve the country's natural heritage through National Forests

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