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. 

  • Alex Thompson

    Today, the Interior Department's Bureau of Land Management announced a new methane waste rule to replace its own regulations that went into effect only about one year ago. The new rule eliminates important environmental and public health protections established under the 2016 rule and will result in increased natural gas waste and reduced taxpayer revenue.

    The following statement is from Jamie Williams, president of The Wilderness Society:

  • Michael Reinemer

    President Trump’s infrastructure and budget proposals are essentially Valentine’s gifts to oil, gas, coal and other extractive interests.

    The plans would increase fossil fuel development on public lands, weaken environmental safeguards, drain funds from conservation programs and even allow selling off public lands to pay for infrastructure.

    Jamie Williams, President of The Wilderness Society, said:

  • Michael Reinemer

    Public lands and environmental protections would be steamrolled under President Trump’s proposed infrastructure plan according to The Wilderness Society’s review of leaked White House documents.  His proposed fiscal year 2019 budget would likely further hobble budgets of federal land management agencies and choke vital programs like the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Both are expected to be released on February 12.

    Drew McConville, Senior Managing Director at The Wilderness Society, said: