Acres for America
At Walmart, we know being an efficient and profitable business and being a good steward of the environment go hand
in hand. In 2005, as part of our commitment to protect our nation’s natural resources, the National Fish and Wildlife
Foundation (NFWF) and Walmart launched Acres for America, with the goal to permanently protect one acre of
important wildlife habitat in the United States for every acre of land developed by Walmart. The program was designed
to completely offset the company’s land footprint in the United States. Pledging $35 million over 10 years to the project,
Walmart committed to protecting enough land to account for its stores’ current land-use and development through
Partners and Locations
Annually, the NFWF organizes a competitive grant program allowing conservation organizations and agencies to apply
for grants that would assist with the acquisition of lands that meet the Acres for America criteria. Some of the nation’s
most prominent conservation groups, including The Nature Conservancy, The Conservation Fund, Trout Unlimited,
Trust for Public Land, Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever, and the Pacific Forest Trust, have received Acres for
To date, Walmart has helped permanently conserve land in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Idaho, Louisiana,
Maine, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oregon and South Dakota.
Walmart and NFWF are proud to welcome other donors to the Acres for America program, including Orowheat and
The Turner Foundation.
The 2008 grant winners bring the total amount of permanently-conserved land helped through Acres for America to
approximately 412,000 acres across the country, or about three times the amount of acreage originally planned. When
complete, Acres for America is expected to be one of the largest public-private partnerships, and the first time a major
retailer has directly tied its environmental footprint to land conservation.
Benefits Beyond Conservation