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BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart announced that its Acres for America program is conserving an additional 300 acres of land to protect and restore wildlife habitats in the heart of several U.S. cities.

In 2011, Walmart expanded its Acres for America investments to include urban conservation projects in Chicago, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. The awards announced this week will support additional projects in Bridgeport, Conn.; Chicago; Portland, Ore.; San Diego and Washington, D.C.; and involve community volunteers in enhancing habitat quality in the wetland by restoring native vegetation, which will benefit fish and bird populations in the Tualatin River system.

"Walmart is proud to help protect and restore important natural habitats in communities that we serve," said Jennifer May-Brust, Walmart VP realty supplier management and compliance. "The Acres for America program exemplifies our commitment to sustainable development as it directly links our land use to land preservation. Our urban restoration projects often times involve volunteers, including our customers and associates, and provide a way for people to connect with and enjoy nature right in their backyard."

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