Minnesota -(Ammoland.com)- The Feb. 1 deadline for employers to send statements of last year’s earnings to employees means many people are starting their income tax returns now.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources would like to remind them of an opportunity to invest in the future of nongame wildlife.
Line 21 of the Minnesota income tax form – marked by a loon – provides people with an opportunity to help more than 800 species of nongame wildlife, including threatened and endangered species. When taxpayers designate an amount they would like to donate to the Nongame Wildlife Program, their tax-deductible donations are matched 1:1 by state conservation license plate funds.
The Nongame Wildlife Program receives no money from the state’s general fund for its efforts to support a wide range of animals that aren’t hunted – from eagles and loons to turtles and butterflies. It receives no funding from hunting and fishing license fees or sales taxes. It relies almost entirely on voluntary donations to support efforts.
That work includes research to understand how creatures fit within functioning ecosystems, managing habitat, and assisting with recovery efforts for rare …Read the Rest