Help Conserve Georgia Wildlife

 

 

The Wildlife Resources Division's Nongame Conservation Section receives no state appropriations to conserve Georgia's rare, endangered and other nongame wildlife, as well as native plants and natural habitats.

The division's Bobwhite Quail Initiative also depends solely on contributions and grants to reverse declines in Georgia quail populations and habitat -- work that benefits many game and nongame species. You can support these vital conservation efforts through: 

 

 


 

Buy or Renew a Wildlife License Plate

Three new wildlife-themed specialty plates are available now at your local county tag office! Thanks to a new printing process for the tags, these new plates feature captivating full-color artwork that spans the entire surface of the plates. Make a bold statement for wildlife conservation in Georgia by outfitting your vehicle with one of these eye-catching designs. Each purchase or renewal of the plates also contributes $10 to conservation work all over the state. The funds received from tag purchases provide the largest contributions to Georgia’s Wildlife Conservation Fund and Bobwhite Quail Initiative.

*** Update: A law change scheduled to take effect July 1, 2014, will roll back the cost of buying or renewing a wildlife plate to $25 and dedicate more than 75 percent of those fees to the Wildlife Resources Division programs that depend on them. With the changes, $19 of each purchase and $20 of each renewal will go to help wildlife. ***

 

Purchase of a soaring bald eagle plate supports Georgia’s Wildlife Conservation Fund, which benefits endangered and nongame wildlife and plants through conservation, education, land acquisition and recreation projects.

 

Georgia’s bobwhite quail, white-tailed deer, and wild turkey plate contributes directly to the Bobwhite Quail Initiative, which has created critical habitat for quail nesting, feeding and cover. The program positively affects more than 20,000 acres for quail and songbirds.

 

With the purchase of a Trout Unlimited license plate, anglers support Georgia’s trout conservation and management programs. These efforts impact trout production, stocking and stream restoration throughout North Georgia.

The specialty plates are $60 (plus the standard $20 registration fee and any applicable ad-valorem taxes).  Annual renewal of the plates cost $35 (plus the standard registration and taxes). License plates are available for purchase online and at your local county tag office. Buy or renew your tag and show your support for wildlife in Georgia!
 

*** Note: With the new fee structure set for July 1, 2014, wildlife plates will cost only $25 more than a standard plate (plus the $20 registration fee and applicable ad-valorem taxes all tags incur). Annual renewal will be only $25 more (plus standard registration and taxes). Yet, $19 of the $25 purchase will be used for wildlife work and $20 of each renewal. ***

Learn more about the tags and changes: wildlife license plate FAQ

 


Check the Wildlife Tax Checkoff

Give by filling in an amount of $1 or more on line 26 of Georgia’s long income tax form (Form 500) or line 10 of the short form (Form 500EZ). Contributions go to the Wildlife Conservation Fund.

Every contribution helps. Created in 1989, the Give Wildlife a Chance checkoff has averaged more than $300,000 a year, benefiting conservation of gopher tortoises, cerulean warblers, smooth purple coneflowers and other species. Learn more about the Wildlife Tax Checkoff. State income tax forms are online at https://etax.dor.ga.gov.


Donate Directly

Send checks payable to “Georgia Wildlife Conservation Fund” to: Georgia Wildlife Conservation Fund c/o Nongame Conservation Section, 116 Rum Creek Drive, Forsyth, GA 31029.

For the Bobwhite Quail Initiative, send checks payable “Georgia DNR – BQI Donation” to: Attn: Georgia DNR – Bobwhite Quail Initiative, 116 Rum Creek Drive, Forsyth, GA 31029.

Donations are tax deductible. Details: Wildlife Conservation Fund, (706) 557-3022 or shirley.hall@dnr.state.ga.us; BQI, (478) 994-7583 or tracey.purser@dnr.state.ga.us.


Join TERN

The Environmental Resources Network, or TERN, is a 501c3 nonprofit and the friends group of the Nongame Conservation Section.  TERN provides financial support for the section and its projects, from a web-based guide to Georgia’s crayfishes to providing transponder tags to help mark bog turtles. Members receive a newsletter and the opportunity to participate in wildlife field trips and projects. Donations are tax-deductible.  Details: (478) 994-1438 or www.tern.homestead.com (also on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheEnvironmentalResourcesNetwork).


Attend Weekend For Wildlife

Held early each year on Sea Island, this prestigious fundraiser for the Wildlife Conservation Fund mixes outdoors adventure with a spectacular auction and banquet. Weekend for Wildlife has raised millions for nongame wildlife conservation in Georgia since the event’s start in 1989.  Registration opens in November. Details at www.weekendforwildlife.org.


Consider Estate, Memorial and Other Gifts

Call the Nongame Conservation Section office in Social Circle, (770) 761-3035, or the Bobwhite Quail Initiative office in Forsyth, (478) 994-7583, for information on ways to support nongame conservation and BQI with contributions varying from real estate to memorial gifts.


Use GoodSearch

Using GoodSearch to search and shop online contributes money to the Wildlife Conservation Fund. Download the GoodSearch Toolbar , and then enter “Georgia Nongame Conservation Fund” as your charity.


Explore Easements

Easements can preserve the conservation value and private ownership of property while offering significant tax benefits. Contact the Georgia Land Conservation Program for details.


Volunteer for Wildlife Work

Opportunities are available at DNR’s regional education centers and for some wildlife projects (volunteer hours can sometimes be used in matching grants). Check with the education centers, the Nongame Conservation Section (770-918-6400) and BQI (478-994-7583).

 

 




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