From the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission:
Help Conserve Wildlife; Donate on Line 30 of State Income Tax Form
RALEIGH, N.C. (Jan. 18, 2018) — Whether you hunt, fish or simply watch wildlife, you can help conserve North Carolina’s nongame and rare wildlife species, as well as their habitats, by making a donation on line no. 30 of your North Carolina income tax form.
By donating to the Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Fund, taxpayers can help the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission fund projects that conserve nongame wildlife — birds, mammals, fish, mollusks, reptiles, amphibians and crayfish without a designated hunting or fishing season. Although tax check-off donations target projects benefiting nongame animals and their habitats, game species such as deer, turkey and bear also benefit because they live in many of these same habitats.
Since the fund’s inception in 1984, taxpayers have donated more than $11 million to projects such as:
- Restoring mussels and to the Cheoah and Pigeon rivers;
- Enhancing populations of robust redhorse and sicklefin redhorse, two large imperiled fish;
- Restoring wetlands on the Sandhills Game Land to help increase populations of gopher frogs, tiger salamanders and other pond-breeding amphibians;
- Erecting towers in Black Mountain to provide roosting sites for thousands of chimney swifts in the fall; and,
- Conducting mist-netting surveys of bats in the Piedmont and Coastal Plain to learn more about the abundance and distribution of bats, as well as the prevalence of white-nose syndrome in these areas.
Donations make up the largest and most significant source of non-federal funding to help these animals, so donations — no matter how small — are critical to the continuation of many projects.
“Any amount people contribute helps us to match federal and other grants, pay for educational activities and programs, such as the N.C. Birding Trail and Green Growth Toolbox, and conduct research on nongame and endangered animals,” said Allen Boynton, Wildlife Diversity Program coordinator with the Commission. “By matching grants, we can increase the dollars that are available to the Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Fund. A $100 donation results in at least an additional $185 that we can use to help protect these species.”
The Tar Heel state is home to more than 1,000 nongame species. Many of them, such as box turtles, green anoles and cardinals, are common and can be found in many backyards, fields and woods. Others, such as sea turtles, many freshwater mussel species and several bat species, are endangered or threatened and need conservation to prevent them from disappearing entirely from our state.
While paper tax forms show line 30 as the donation line, tax preparation software, such as TurboTax, does not have numbered lines, but e-filers will be asked if they would like to make a donation to the Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Fund. Other tax filers can also tell their tax preparer they would like to donate.
Tax season isn’t the only time or way to contribute to wildlife conservation. Other ways to help North Carolina’s wildlife and their habitats year-round are:
- Registering a vehicle or trailer with a N.C. Wildlife Conservation license plate;
- Donating online at www.ncwildlife.org/give;
More information about the Wildlife Diversity Program, including projects and quarterly reports, is available on the Commission’s website.
About the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission
Since 1947, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has been dedicated to the conservation and sustainability of the state’s fish and wildlife resources through research, scientific management, wise use and public input. The Commission is the state regulatory agency responsible for the enforcement of fishing, hunting, trapping and boating laws and provides programs and opportunities for wildlife-related educational, recreational and sporting activities. To learn more, visit www.ncwildlife.org.
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