on Apr 04, 2013 04:47 PM • Views 3274

N.C. State Income Tax donations help Wildlife Commission biologists Matthew Godfrey (left) and David Allen conduct important work on behalf of nongame wildlife in North Carolina.

Media Contact: Jodie B. Owen

RALEIGH, N.C. (April 4, 2013) — Tax Day is less than two weeks away and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission would like taxpayers to remember North Carolina wildlife this year when completing their state income tax form by making a donation on line 31.

Whether you love to hunt, fish, photograph wildlife, or watch birds in your backyard, you can help conserve the state’s wildlife and their habitats.

More than 1,000 nongame species — from sea turtles to songbirds — call the Tar Heel state home. Many species, such as gray treefrogs and eastern towhees, are common and can be found and heard in your backyard. Others, such as sea turtles, Carolina northern flying squirrels and red-cockaded woodpeckers, are endangered and need conservation to prevent them from disappearing entirely from our state’s landscape.

North Carolina’s income tax donations have helped fund success stories, such as once-endangered species, like peregrine falcons and bald eagles, which now soar high in our Carolina blue skies.

The Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Fund’s tax check-off donations made through line 31 of the state income tax form provide the largest and most significant source of non-federal funding for conservation projects to help these species. Every dollar of tax check-off donations the Commission receives goes to the fund, where it matches federal and other grants, or is used to pay for educational activities and wildlife-watching projects like the North Carolina Birding Trail.

Because donations can be matched with federal and other grants, the Wildlife Commission can double your donations. For example, if you make a $50 donation, it can allow the Commission to access $50 in matching grant money, resulting in nongame and endangered wildlife in North Carolina benefiting from $100 of support.

Online tax preparation software, such as TurboTax, does not have numbered lines, so 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: 

More information about the Wildlife Diversity Program, including projectsand quarterly reports, is available on the Commission’s Conserving page.

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