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KY Nature and Wildlife Fund Tax Checkoff Program

Save Something on Your Taxes!Save Something on Your Taxes

Share Your Tax Refund with Wildlife and Natural Areas

  

What is it?

The Nature and Wildlife Fund, previously known as the Nongame Wildlife/Natural Areas Fund, is use to protect and manage Kentucky's finest natural areas as state nature preserves and to care for all wildlife not taken by hunting or fishing. The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources and the Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission cooperate on programs that protect Kentucky's rare plants and animals; acquire and protect the most important and threatened forest, wetlands, and prairies; and provide management to our diverse wildlife heritage. 

Why Donate?

Less than 1 percent of Kentucky's land and water remains undeveloped or unmodified by humankind. The small natural areas that remain are being destroyed much faster than we can protect them. The checkoff program is the most convenient way many Kentuckians can participate in the protection of the natural heritage we leave future generations.

Because You Care!

Since 1980 the cooperative efforts of the Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission and the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources have used checkoff contributions for:
  • Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission
    • Land Acquisition 77%
    • Fund Balance 14%
    • Management Costs 9%
  • Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources
    • General Nongame 23%
    • Threatened & Endangered Species 24%
    • Restoration Projects 12%
    • Public Education & Program Promotion 19%
    • Fish and Wildlife Information System of Kentucky 22%

CHECK IT OFF!

Your tax deductible donations play a critical role in protecting and managing the best examples of Kentucky's natural environment for our future. Donating is simple. Check off the amount you wish to contribute. If you are not due a refund you may contribute by sending a check directly to the Nature and Wildlife Fund, P.O. Box 311, Frankfort, KY 40602.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission
801 Schenkel Lane
Frankfort, KY 40601
502/573-2886

Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources
#1 Game Farm Road
Frankfort, KY 40601
502/564-4336


The Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission and the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, or disability in employment or the provision of services and provide, upon request, reasonable accommodation including auxiliary aids and services necessary to afford individuals with disabilities an equal opportunity to participate in all programs and activities.