A message from Jeff Trandahl, CEO and Executive Director, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation:
All of us at the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation are passionate about habitat and preserving our natural resources. That’s why we are so dedicated to conserving it – for wildlife, of course, and also for local economies and for people who enjoy open space and the outdoors.
We’re excited that today, we begin the latest chapter. Our conservation program, Acres for America, is extending into five more states. We will be protecting endangered species, such as the Florida panther and the California condor, and expanding recreational opportunities near urban areas. We will also conserve forests and streams along the Appalachian Trail. In all, 49,000 acres are being added to the program this year.
Acres for America started with a pledge: to protect one acre of conservation land for every acre occupied by Walmart’s U.S. facilities. Walmart made an initial $35 million commitment, and we expected to have about 138,000 acres in the program by 2015.
But we’ve far surpassed that – and we’re now at 687,000 acres. These projects have also provided vital connections to more than 7.4 million protected acres – an area larger than Maryland and Delaware combined.
So far, Acres for America has projects in 24 states and the District of Columbia. This year, we will be adding 22,000 acres of rare blue oak habitat in California’s Sierra Foothills, nearly 1,500 acres of tallgrass prairie in Colorado, and a key migratory corridor for the endangered Florida panther. And there’s much more – so take a look at our Acres project map for the complete picture.
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation supports hundreds of projects across the country to protect and restore wildlife and their habitats. This is a conservation success story, and you can learn more about us at www.nfwf.org or post your thoughts here on The Green Room. We’d love to hear from you.
CEO and Executive Director, NFWF
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