Acres for America announces Funding of $3.2 Million to protect Wildlife Habitats

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Acres for America has announced $3.2 million in grants to protect wildlife habitats across more than 84,350 acres and increase public access to spectacular landscapes in Alaska, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Montana, South Carolina, Texas and Vermont.

Vice President of realty operations for Walmart, John Clarke said, “We know that communities across the country care deeply about wildlife and natural landscapes. Walmart is thrilled to help conserve these precious natural resources and proud to be a part of this landmark conservation program.”

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Clarke also said, “We are excited about the benefits these latest projects funded by Acres for America will provide for wildlife habitats and the increased public access to these amazing natural places for the communities we serve.”

These grants awarded through Acres for America, which was established by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) with funding from Walmart in 2005, will leverage an additional $70.8 million in matching contributions, pushing the total conservation impact for the 2018 grant slate to more than $74 million.

Executive Director and CEO of NFWF, Jeff Trandahl said, “Walmart’s strong support of the Acres for America conservation program has directly contributed to the permanent protection of more than 1.4 million acres across the United States – an area larger than the Grand Canyon National Park – and a truly remarkable achievement.”

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Trandahl asserted, “This program shows the power of public-private partnerships, and it stands as a testament to Walmart’s commitment to the communities it serves.”

Acres for America began in 2005, when Walmart made an initial 10-year, $35 million commitment to purchase and preserve 1 acre of wildlife habitat in the United States for every acre of land developed by the company.

The program has far surpassed that initial goal, with more than 1.4 million acres protected in 38 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.

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Over 14 years, Acres for America has leveraged Walmart’s $48 million investment with more than $652 million in matching contributions, for a total conservation impact of more than $700 million.

n November 2015, NFWF and Walmart announced a 10-year renewal to continue this exceptional program’s work for another decade.

About the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

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The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) protects and restores our nation’s wildlife and habitats. Chartered by Congress in 1984, NFWF directs public conservation dollars to the most pressing environmental needs and matches those investments with private contributions.

NFWF works with government, nonprofit and corporate partners to find solutions for the most intractable conservation challenges. Over the last three decades, NFWF has funded more than 4,500 organizations and committed more than $4.8 billion to conservation projects.

About Acres for America

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Acres for America is one of the most effective public-private partnerships in the history of U.S. conservation efforts. In 2005, NFWF and Walmart teamed up to establish Acres for America to conserve lands of national significance, protect critical fish and wildlife habitat and benefit people and local economies.

The program has far surpassed its original goal to permanently conserve one acre of wildlife habitat for every acre of land developed by Walmart Stores.

In November 2015, NFWF and Walmart announced a 10-year renewal to continue this exceptional program’s work for another decade. It is anticipated that the renewal of Acres for America will be consistent in scope with the first 10 years.

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