Funding for conservation projects ends up in many different places, from trail maintenance to habitat restoration. For example, it can be used for:
- Managing national parks
- Conducting research on climate change in wildlife refuges
- Buying new land that can be protected as public land by the Bureau of Land Management
- Keeping visitor centers opened and maintained
Making sure the federal budget provides adequate funding for this kind of work is key to keeping wilderness protected.
Conservation work requires significant funding. Unfortunately, Congress constantly targets funds dedicated to conservation. We work to ensure lawmakers set aside adequate resources to keep public lands healthy and accessible.
Each year members of Congress and the president make budgetary decisions about how federal tax dollars and fees are distributed for land and water conservation. Conservation funds are part of the president’s budget as well as legislative priorities managed by Congress.
Certain funding priorities help ensure the protection of future wilderness areas. These include the federal ‘green budget’ and funding for land and water conservation.
Have more questions about conservation funding? Our conservation FAQs can help.
Stay current on legislation moving in Congress, issues affecting wilderness and wilderness designation campaigns with our Notes from the Hill.
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Find fact sheets, reports and other resources related to wilderness policy and conservation.
- Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Actions to roll back protections for public lands and reverse progress on pollution control and climate change all point to the Trump administration’s goal: Selling out public lands owned by all Americans in the pursuit of dirty energy so a handful of private interests can profit. (See interactive timeline documenting White House actions over the past 12 months.)
Below are highlights of some of the low points from the past year, plus Trump’s spin.
- Friday, January 12, 2018
Two Federal Register notices will be published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) on Tuesday, January 16th, showing the agency’s intent to rush forward a planning process for monuments in Utah eviscerated by the Trump administration, despite lawsuits challenging the administration’s actions.
- Tuesday, January 9, 2018
The House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Federal Lands conducted hearing today on H.R. 4532, a bill introduced by Representative John Curtis (R-Utah) that would enshrine President Trump’s drastic reduction in the size of the Bears Ears National Monument.