The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation today announced that Walmart’s Acres for America program, the leading public-private land conservation partnership in the United States, has awarded $3.6 million in grants to conserve important landscapes for fish, wildlife and people across 70,300 acres in Colorado (including Fisher’s Peak State Park), New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Washington and, for the first time, Iowa and Kansas.
Through this year’s grants, vital wildlife habitat will be permanently protected, from the Pacific Northwest to the Rocky Mountains, desert Southwest, Great Plains, and forests of the East Coast – adding seven new projects to the roster of properties that Acres for America has helped to conserve since 2005.
The seven grants awarded today through Acres for America will leverage an additional $70.2 million in matching contributions, pushing the total conservation impact for the 2019 grant slate to more than $73.8 million.
“The Fisher’s Peak project represents an amazing opportunity to design a landscape-scale conservation effort in a way that balances wildlife habitat protection, new outdoor recreation access and rural economic prosperity,” said Wade Shelton, senior project manager with The Trust for Public Land. “We are thrilled to partner with Walmart’s Acres for America program and with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation on this project, which will result in the creation of Colorado’s next state park.”
The grants awarded in 2019 will support the following projects:
— The Trust for Public Land and partners will permanently conserve a 19,200-acre mountain property located just south of Trinidad, Colorado, which will become Colorado’s newest State Park. Fisher’s Peak property will achieve landscape-level conservation by linking intact habitat between the Eastern Plains of Colorado and the Western Slopes of Colorado and the Rocky Mountains. Reaching 9633-feet, Fishers Peak is the nation’s highest peak east of Interstate 25, serving a vital role for the ecological, economic, and the cultural identity of Trinidad and surrounding communities. (Grant amount $650,000)