Obama adds muscle to budget for natural resources, environment

May 7, 2009

TWS today issued the following assessment in response to President Obama releasing is budget for the 2010 fiscal year.

“The president did his job today by releasing a spending plan that adds muscle to our natural resources and the environment,” said Alan Rowsome, a conservation advocacy associate for The Wilderness Society. “After just over 100 days of the Obama administration, we are already in better shape than we were during the previous eight years. Now it’s up to Congress to flex its muscles and send the President a budget with even stronger environmental provisions.”

Highlights of the President’s budget include:

  • An increase in the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund of $34.4 million over FY 09 to $186.7 million
  • An increase in the Forest Legacy Program of $41.7 million over FY 09 to $91.1 million
  • $65 million for climate monitoring and adaptation within the land management agencies and $133 million overall for agency climate impacts funding
  • A $110 million increase for operations and management of the Bureau of Land Management
  • A $134 million increase for operations and management of the National Park Service
  • $50 million for the Legacy Roads and Trails Program in the Forest Service
  • $282 million for the Forest Service’s Wildfire Suppression Contingency Reserve Fund

Statement by Alan Rowsome, TWS Conservation Advocacy Associate