Walmart brings eco-restoration program to Portland


Walmart's "Acres for America" program is coming to Portland.

Walmart announced Friday that the company will expand its "Acres for America" conservation program and mobilize volunteers to work on 300 additional acres of wildlife habitats, including a 13-acre project in Portland.

The program, established in partnership with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, has been around since 2005. It was set up to put $35 million of Walmart's money to work to purchase and preserve one acre of wildlife habitat for every acre developed by the retail giant.

So far, the company has invested in more than 25 projects covering close to 680,000 acres, company officials said.

Among the new projects announced Friday is Nyberg Creek Wetland Restoration in Portland. Walmart will work with Wetlands Conservancy to mobilize volunteers to restore native vegetation.

Other projects include a river fish passage in Bridgeort, Conn., a marsh restoration in Chicago and a delta habitat project in San Diego. The company also made a grant to the Anacostia River Revitalization Fund in Washington, D.C.


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