To advance the mission of The Conservation Fund, we engage with federal and state agencies, the U.S. Congress, and our numerous partners to pursue innovative and meaningful policy approaches and funding for today’s conservation challenges.

Year after year, the federal budget process strongly influences our nation’s conservation legacy.  We work closely with the Administration and the U.S. Congress to ensure strong funding levels for critical conservation programs, such as:

  • Land and Water Conservation Fund (including federal land conservation programs, state-side funding, the Forest Legacy Program, and Section 6 Endangered Species Act funding),
  • North American Wetlands Conservation Act,
  • Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration Program,  
  • Agriculture Research Service’s extramural research,
  • Community Forest and Open Space Program,  
  • Coastal & Estuarine Land Conservation Program, and others.

Additionally, federal policy—established in such keystone bills as Public Lands bills, the Farm bill, Transportation bill, Water Resources Development Act, as well as in numerous individual bills—is an important focus for the advancement of The Conservation Fund’s solution-oriented mission.  

We encourage you to follow the following links to learn more about several key programs and related policy initiatives in the 114th Congress: