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Wal-Mart and Brooks Development Authority Celebrate National Arbor Day

Trees donated to benefit City of San Antonio, local schools and neighborhoods

SAN ANTONIO, Texas, April 29, 2005 – Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and Brooks Development Authority (BDA) joined together with other contributing companies for a week-long project to relocate over 40 trees from the new retail development, City-Base Landing, located at the northeast corner of Brooks City-Base.  The relocated trees come from the Wal-Mart Supercenter property, which will anchor the retail development, as well as surrounding Brooks Development Authority property.  The extraordinary measures taken to save native Texas trees and replant them in the surrounding area demonstrates the commitment Wal-Mart and BDA both have to the San Antonio community.

“Wal-Mart is proud to participate in this project,” said Robert Bush, Wal-Mart District Manager.  “We have worked closely with the Brooks Development Authority to develop this Wal-Mart Supercenter so that it will complement the exciting City-Base facility.  This is another example of our commitment to work with the community when we develop a new store.”

The donated trees from the Wal-Mart Supercenter property will benefit four areas near Brooks City-Base and the new Wal-Mart Supercenter.  The recipients include Kingsborough Middle School, Jewel Wietzel Handicapped School, the City of San Antonio’s Business and Development Services Center (One Stop Center) and the Heather Court Medium Income Housing Development from San Antonio Alternative Housing.  Additional trees from Brooks Development Authority property were relocated to other areas on Brooks City-Base to accommodate future development such as the DPT Laboratories facilities.

“This is just another step the Brooks Development Authority has taken to preserve our natural heritage at Brooks City-Base,” said Howard Peak, BDA Chairman.  “We have already saved dozens of trees on the City-Base property including a 50-year old Live Oak tree.  BDA also operates our own tree nursery in order to provide trees for future development and green space projects located at City-Base.”

District 3 City Councilman Ron Segovia added, “Wal-Mart and BDA are two wonderful community partners in San Antonio.  Brooks City-Base is a key economic generator for San Antonio and the new Wal-Mart Supercenter will be a valuable addition to the surrounding community.  On behalf of the City of San Antonio and the District 3 community, I thank Wal-Mart, the Brooks Development Authority and the other partners that helped make this event possible.”

Several other companies have been instrumental to this effort through contributing time and/or resources to the four-day tree relocation project.  Steve Clark & Associates, a nationally recognized Natural Resources consulting firm, dedicated time and expertise.  Pape-Dawson Engineers contributed time and financial support.  Earth Tech contributed financial support.  Sunbelt contributed a trailer to assist with the transportation of the trees.  Air Stream contributed time and material to assist with the replanting of the trees.  Capital Tree donated the use of a tree spade.  The BDA and Wal-Mart wish to thank all of the above companies and the staff that worked to make this project possible.


About Brooks City-Base
Brooks City-Base represents an unprecedented partnership between the City of San Antonio and the United States Air Force.  This joint venture between the military and civilian agencies enables the Air Force to continue and enhance its missions at the former Brooks Air Force Base, while it gives the Brooks Development Authority the responsibility to maintain the property and to redevelop the 1,300-acre complex into a world-class technology center for bioscience, academic, environmental, and technical research.  The unique collaborations that take place at Brooks City-Base encourage technology-based economic development and will help create high-paying jobs and bright futures for San Antonio and South Texas.

About Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
More information about Wal-Mart’s charitable giving per state and other causes and programs can be found at www.walmartfacts.com.  More information about the Wal-Mart and SAM’S CLUB Foundation is available at www.walmartfoundation.org.  Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. operates Wal-Mart Stores, Supercenters, Neighborhood Markets and SAM’S CLUB locations in the United States.  Internationally, the company operates in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Puerto Rico, South Korea and the United Kingdom. The company’s securities are listed on the New York and Pacific stock exchanges under the symbol WMT.  Online merchandise sales are available at www.walmart.com