Bolsa Chica Land Trust gets $100,000 grant for plants

Wal-Mart awarded a $100,000 grant Tuesday to the Bolsa Chica Land Trust for restoration work.

The grant, given through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, will help reduce nonnative grasses and increase Southern tarplant and other native species on the 118-acre Bolsa Chica mesa.

Wal-Mart announced the grant at a press conference at 10 a.m. at the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve on Pacific Coast Highway between Warner Avenue and Seapoint Street.

Kim Kolpin, the land trust's restoration coordinator, said her group had gotten funding in the past from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, but never through Wal-Mart.

"We are thrilled," she said. "When someone gives you $100,000 for a project you love, you're going to be happy about it."

— Michael Miller

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