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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 2015. 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 America grants. 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 In addition to permanently protecting these lands for wildlife and environmental values, Acres for America grants provide other benefits. Several awards have helped protect working forests and the thousands of jobs associated with sustainable forestry operations on these lands. Forests and other habitats conserved through Acres grants also sequester atmospheric carbon and protect drinking water supplies. Most of the properties protected through Acres grants are open to the public for hiking, fishing, hunting, birding, boating, and other activities. Endangered species and popular game animals and fish have also benefitted from Acres projects. Conservation Across the Nation The grants awarded in 2008 will help permanently protect land through the Sun Ranch Conservation Easement in Montana and Connecticut River Forest Acquisition in New Hampshire. • A $1 million grant to the Trust for Public Land to help protect roughly 10,500 acres of the Sun Ranch in Montana, one of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem’s most important wildlife corridors through the purchase and conveyance of two separate conservation easements. • A $500,000 grant to the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests to purchase 2,100 acres of forest and wetlands situated along five miles of the Connecticut River. Acquisition will protect riparian forests and river habitat for waterfowl and fish species such as the eastern brook trout and the anadromous Atlantic salmon. The NFWF will consider recommendations for projects that would generate the greatest impact to important fish, wildlife or plant resources. Visit www.nfwf.org or www.walmartfacts.com to apply for a grant, or for more information on the Acres for America program. For more information on Walmart’s sustainability efforts, please visit .walmartstores.com.

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