COLUMBUS – Populations of wildlife species such as the bobcat, bluebreast darter and trumpeter swan as well as Daughmer Bur Oak Prairie Savannah and Whipple State Nature Preserve have all benefitted from Ohioans supporting conservation efforts by donating to the tax checkoff program, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).
“We are grateful that Ohioans believe natural resources are a priority through their donations to the state income tax checkoff program,” said ODNR Director James Zehringer.
The Natural Areas Fund tax checkoff donations made it possible for ODNR to purchase an 83-acre wetlands tract along the St. Marys River in Mercer County. The St. Marys River Wetland State Nature Preserve is Ohio’s newest state nature preserve. Last year, ODNR also acquired 55 acres adjacent to Whipple State Nature Preserve in Adams County. Its trail is a popular hike during spring wildflower season.
With the support of Ohioans, ODNR has protected 170 acres of high quality wetland and prairie landscapes and continues to improve visitor facilities at state nature preserves across the Buckeye State.
Donations made through the Wildlife Diversity Fund tax checkoff help support critical ecological management activities in Ohio, including efforts to remove non-native and invasive species that pose a serious threat to sensitive habitats. Wildlife checkoff funds also help support information programs such as field guides, which are provided free from checkoff funds.
Taxpayers not receiving a refund may still contribute by sending a check to: ODNR Division of Natural Areas and Preserves’ Natural Areas Fund or ODNR Division of Wildlife’s Wildlife Diversity Fund, 2045 Morse Road, Columbus, Ohio 43229.