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Donations benefit wildlife diversity in the Buckeye State
COLUMBUS, OH - In less than a minute’s time, Ohio taxpayers can help support wildlife diversity and play a part in protecting the state’s endangered species, says the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.
All it takes is a checkmark on the designated line of the 2004 Ohio income tax form and a specified dollar amount to be contributed to the state’s Wildlife Diversity and Endangered Species Income Tax Check-off Fund. That individual effort combined with the generosity of thousands of other Ohio taxpayers has resulted in a great payoff for the state’s threatened and endangered wildlife.
“Since its inception, the tax check-off has contributed nearly $10 million for use in conserving endangered species, including the bald eagle,” said Steven A. Gray, chief of the Division of Wildlife. “Ohioans who have contributed to the check-off program can see the results of their donations in the recovery of endangered species like the osprey and peregrine falcon, educational programs like Project WILD in the schools, and support of community-based programs such as development of bluebird trails.”
Wildlife check-off funds also help underwrite informational programs, including the annual Wildlife Diversity Conference.
Donations to the Ohio Wildlife Diversity and Endangered Species Fund can be made through the 2004 Ohio Income Tax form by checking line 24 of the 1040 form or line 16 on the 1040EZ. Direct contributions can be sent in care of the fund to the ODNR Division of Wildlife, 2045 Morse Road, Building G, Columbus, Ohio 43229-6693.
In addition, a portion of the money generated from the sales of cardinal license plates benefits the state’s wildlife diversity fund. Plates can be purchased through a local registrar, online at oplates.com or by calling 1-888-PLATES3.
To learn more about wildlife diversity in Ohio, visit the ODNR Division of Wildlife’s web page at ohiodnr.com .