Walmart Helps to Conserve Open Spaces in Seven States

            Walmart Helps to Conserve Open Spaces in Seven States

New Acres for America projects protect wildlife habitat, recreation
opportunities across the U.S.

PR Newswire

BENTONVILLE, Ark., May 3, 2013

BENTONVILLE, Ark., May 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Walmart's Acres for America
program, a conservation partnership with the National Fish and Wildlife
Foundation (NFWF), is protecting priority lands across the country to provide
wildlife habitats and recreational opportunities for local residents.
Newly-announced projects in Arkansas, New Mexico, Nebraska, Wisconsin, New
Hampshire, Maine and Oregon are part of an ongoing program to conserve the
nation's most precious lands and natural resources to benefit people, wildlife
and local economies.

Since 2005, Walmart has worked with NFWF to establish Acres for America, a
10-year, $35 million commitment to purchase and preserve one acre of wildlife
habitat in the U.S. for every acre of land developed by the company. The
program has protected critical habitats for birds, fish, plants and wildlife
and far surpassed its original goals, becoming one of the country's most
effective conservation partnerships. To date, Acres for America has invested
in projects in 30 states and the District of Columbia.

The new sites bring the total acres protected through the program to more than
800,000.

"These new Acres for America projects build on the conservation successes of
our continued partnership with Walmart," said Jeff Trandahl, executive
director and CEO of NFWF. "From the Ozarks to Oregon, they protect the open
spaces that wildlife need and provide abundant economic and recreational
resources for residents." 

"Walmart is proud to work with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation thru
the Acres for America program," said Jennifer May-Brust, vice president and
general counsel of real estate at Walmart. "Supporting the projects brought to
life thru the Acres program reflects our value and commitment to helping our
customers live better."

New Acres for America projects include the following:

Devil's Eyebrow Preserve: Benton County, Arkansas
Partners: The Nature Conservancy and Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission
The Devil's Eyebrow Preserve on Beaver Lake, Arkansas, is a 1,950-acre
lakefront parcel that harbors a rich diversity of wildlife and plants native
to the Ozark region. In addition to 12 different varieties of hardwood trees,
it contains several live springs, underground caves and aquifers.

Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Partners: Trust for Public Land
The new Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico is part of Acres
for America's urban component. The 390-acre acquisition will protect and
restore priority wildlife habitat for sandhill cranes and other wildlife. Just
five miles south of Albuquerque, the property along the Rio Grande will form
the basis for the new Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge.

Audubon's Rowe Sanctuary: Platte River, Nebraska
Partners: National Audubon Society
In Nebraska, a 577-acre addition to an existing wildlife refuge will support
the largest population of sandhill cranes (more than 100,000) and other birds
in the Central Platte River Valley during spring migration.

Brule–St. Croix Legacy Forest: Northwestern Wisconsin
Partners: The Conservation Fund and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
A new Acres project in northwestern Wisconsin will protect 1,477 acres of
globally significant pine barrens. The parcel is the capstone of the largest
conservation project in Wisconsin history.

White Mountains to Moosehead Lake Initiative: New Hampshire and Western Maine
Partners: The Trust for Public Land
A combination of three transactions in New Hampshire and western Maine will
permanently protect 49,227 acres of critical forest, lakes, streams and
wetlands habitat.

Headwaters of the John Day: Central Oregon
Partners: Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
In Oregon, 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.

About Walmart

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live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online and through
their mobile devices. Each week, more than 245 million customers and members
visit our more than 10,800 stores under 69 banners in 27 countries and
e-commerce websites in 10 countries. With fiscal year 2013 sales of
approximately $466 billion, Walmart employs more than 2.2 million associates
worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate
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