As the U.S. House of Representatives develops budget bills to fund conservation, outdoor recreation, and environmental protection in 2012, there is cause for serious concern. Some of these bills include deep cuts that will undermine public land management, habitat conservation, and investments that safeguard drinking water and clean air. In addition, many of these bills include policy provisions that have nothing to do with dollars and cents; instead, they would damage a broad array of conservation and environmental laws and policies. These provisions are as harmful as any spending cut. Although federal funding must be trimmed to reduce the deficit, conservation programs should not bear a disproportionate share of the burden.