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 the Acres for America program to conserve lands of national significance, protect critical fish and wildlife habitat and benefit people and local economies.
Acres for America priorities include:
- Conserve critical habitats for birds, fish, plants and wildlife;
- Connect existing protected lands to unify wild places and protect migration routes;
- Provide access for people to enjoy the outdoors; and,
- Ensure the future of local economies that depend on forestry, ranching and wildlife.
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 – estimated to be approximately 100,000 acres. In the first 10 years, the Acres for America program has:
- Protected more than 1 million acres – an area comparable in size to Grand Canyon National Park;
- Connected over 10 million acres of protected lands to support landscape-scale conservation and wildlife migration;
- Funded 67 projects in 35 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico;
- Provided nearly $4 million in emergency response funding to protect fish and wildlife that were immediately threatened by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill in 2010 and Hurricane Sandy in 2012; and,
- Restored urban lands and habitats and connected youth to the outdoors by investing more than $1.8 million in community-based projects located in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Diego, Denver, Bridgeport, Portland (OR), Albuquerque, and Washington, D.C.
This past November, 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.