This month, Walmart expanded its Acres for America program to include projects in Arkansas, New Mexico, Nebraska, Wisconsin, New Hampshire, Maine and Oregon. These new additions are part of an incredible partnership that’s helping to keep our wild places wild.
Established in 2005, Acres for America is a conservation partnership between Walmart and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation that protects certain areas of land across the country to create wildlife habitats and provide recreational opportunities for local residents. With this partnership, Walmart committed to purchase and preserve one acre of wildlife habitat in the U.S. for every acre of land it develops. To date, the program has far surpassed its original goals with investments in projects in 30 states and the District of Columbia. With the addition of these new projects, Walmart’s Acres for America will have protected more than 800,000 acres.
The new projects include:
- Headwaters of the John Day, Central Oregon: These 13,073 acres of timberland adjacent to the Malheur National Forest will preserve over 35 miles of critical habitat for Chinook salmon and other species and help maintain an important wildlife corridor. Partner: Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.
- Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge, Albuquerque, NM: This 390-acre area is a key parcel in the Southwest’s first urban wildlife refuge. It will protect and restore priority wildlife habitat for sandhill cranes and other species. Partner: Trust for Public Land.
- White Mountains to Moosehead Lake Initiative, New Hampshire and Western Maine: This combined effort across two states will permanently protect 49,227 acres of critical forest, lakes, streams, and wetlands habitat. Partner: The Trust for Public Land.
- Brule-St. Croix Legacy Forest, Northwestern Wisconsin: This effort will protect 1,477 acres of pine barrens and is the final piece of the largest conservation project in Wisconsin. Partners: The Conservation Fund and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
- Audubon’s Rowe Sanctuary, Platte River, Nebraska: Here, we’re adding 577 acres to an existing wildlife refuge, which will support more than 100,000 sandhill cranes and other birds in the area during spring migration. Partner: National Audubon Society.
- Devil’s Eyebrow Preserve, Benton Country, Ark.: This 1,950 lakefront parcel hosts a wide variety of the region’s native wildlife and plants. It also boasts 12 varieties of hardwood trees, live springs, underground caves and aquifers. Partners: The Nature Conservancy and Arkansas National Heritage Commission.
At the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, we’re working every day to protect America’s incredible natural legacy. Partners like Walmart are essential members of our team, and we appreciate their generous support.
Learn more about what we do at www.nfwf.org.