A Bay Nature Reporting Project

The Inflation Reduction Act and Bipartisan Infrastructure Law provide billions of dollars for nature.

How will that change the Bay Area?

And how will we know if it’s money well spent?

Bay Nature launched a reporting project called Wild Billions in 2023 to examine the impacts of this huge infusion of money—and the obstacles to keeping the big promises that came with it.

Dive into our data visualizations

A map of funded projects so far

We’re tracking what nature projects have been funded so far in our area—like an experimental kelp-forest restoration, major upgrades to the Presidio, and a battle against Tahoe invasives. (Help us add projects if you know of them!)

Spending programs

Bay Nature combed through hundreds of the funding programs Congress made in BIL and IRA, and found at least $106 billion for nature. See nature-related spending programs in our data viz.

How can I get some ‘Wild Billions’?

Applying for federal grants isn’t easy, especially for local governments and community groups. If you’ve got a worthy nature-related project—we’ve got some tips to get you started, and a searchable table of spending programs.

Stories in this project

Meet the Wild Billions team

Victoria Schlesinger Editor-in-chief

Kate Golden Digital editor, Wild Billions project lead, kate@baynature.org

Anushuya Thapa Editorial fellow and Wild Billions lead reporter, anushuya@baynature.org

H.R. Smith Freelance reporter

Sonya Bennett-Brandt Freelance reporter

Alastair Bland Freelance reporter

Helen Doyle Freelance reporter

Lia Keener Outreach fellow

We’re open to new freelance pitches: use our pitch form.

Send us a tip

What should the Wild Billions team report on next? Email wildbillions@baynature.org.

If you have sensitive information, please take appropriate care to avoid leaving electronic tracks (here’s a Freedom of the Press Foundation guide). Anonymous tips are welcome.

Documents can be mailed to our office at 1328 6th Street, Berkeley, CA 94710.