Contact(s): Drew Feldkirchner, DNR Natural Heritage Conservation Bureau Director, 608-235-3905
MADISON - Each year, more than 10,000 people use tax season to donate to the Endangered Resources Fund - this simple gesture can help protect and restore endangered birds, bats, turtles, martens and more.
These generous donations, along with sales of Endangered Resources license plates, direct donations and matching funds, provide over 25 percent of funds that support the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Bureau of Natural Heritage Conservation. From bats to bullsnakes, orchids to orioles and native prairies to natural areas, Natural Heritage Conservation program staff work with Wisconsin volunteers, organizations, private landowners and businesses to help sustain Wisconsin's wildlife.
View a slideshow illustrating how donations are put to work for the Wisconsin wildlife and habitats you love. The program's 2016 annual report [PDF] contains short stories that highlight the progress made by DNR staff to protect and restore wildlife and their habitats.
"Wisconsin is home to an excellent diversity of plants, animals, and natural areas that need ongoing effort to maintain," said Drew Feldkirchner, Natural Heritage Conservation bureau director. "By working together, we can ensure that future generations will experience the Wisconsin we all know and love -- donations of any size make a huge difference, and we are grateful to everyone who has contributed over the years.
"Together, we track, assess and manage native wildlife; provide regulatory protection to endangered and threatened species, manage State Natural Areas to preserve the best remnants of Wisconsin's prairies, oak savannas, forests and wetlands; and consult with other DNR partners and private landowners to help them manage their land to help maintain Wisconsin's unique plants and animals and special places."
To learn more about donating to the Endangered Resources Fund via your Wisconsin income tax form, go to dnr.wi.gov and search "tax check off."