The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation has announced grants totaling $3.8 million in support of efforts to protect and connect wildlife habitat across more than a hundred thousand acres in California, Hawai'i, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, North Carolina, and Texas.
Awarded through the Acres for America program, a public-private partnership established in 2005 by Walmart and NFWF to conserve lands of national significance, protect critical fish and wildlife habitat, and benefit people and local economies, the grants will leverage an additional $81.2 million in matching contributions. Awards include $600,000 to the Trust for Public Land for the acquisition of the 3,716-acre Waimea Native Forest on the North Shore of Oahu (Hawai'i), completing the protection of the entire Waimea watershed from mountaintop to ocean; $250,000 to the Save the Redwoods League to help secure a conservation easement for the 14,898-acre Mailliard Ranch, a working forest in northern California; $270,000 to the Texas A&M Forest Service to restore and protect a portion of Longleaf Ridge that connects the Angelina and Sabine National Forests north of Beaumont, Texas; and $500,000 to the Conservation Fund in support of the first phase of a project to acquire 50,000 acres of land within and around the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, which spans a million acres within the Superior National Forest of northeastern Minnesota.
"These eight projects represent some of the best of aspects of conservation in America, including the protection of exceptional wildlife habitat, creation of new outdoor recreational opportunities, and the generation of economic benefits to local communities," said NFWF executive director and CEO Jeff Trandahl. "We are proud to support these projects and appreciative of Walmart’s commitment to help conserve our nation’s unique natural heritage for generations to come."