National Forest Poll Results

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The National Forest Foundation (NFF) shared results of a nationwide poll that shows overwhelming support for the funding and stewardship of America’s National Forests. Voters from all backgrounds and regions may not share the same political leanings, but all Americans value the recreation and public health benefits that their 193-million-acre National Forest System provides.

In July of 2013, the NFF conducted a bi-partisan poll in partnership with research firms Public Opinion Strategies and Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates (FM3).  The results revealed distinct support for our National Forests: 

  • 83 percent of voters agree that conserving America's land, air and water is patriotic.
  • 81 percent believe that funding of National Forests should not be cut, despite the federal budget problem.
  • 72 percent of voters surveyed said they would support additional funding to maintain and restore National Forest lands even if it meant a small increase in taxes.

In 2012, our National Forests generated $13 billon of economic benefit. With more than 160 million Americans visiting National Forests last year, the survey confirmed American's personal connection with National Forests. 

Listen to NFF President Bill Possiel talk with Montana Public Radio about the results of the poll.

Click on the infographic to the right for more details about the poll and the results.

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