Contribute to the Chesapeake Bay And Endangered Species Fund
As a Maryland taxpayer, you can help restore the Chesapeake Bay and conserve rare, threatened and endangered species by donating to the Chesapeake Bay and Endangered Species Fund on your tax form. It’s simple: just check line 35 on form 502 or line 13 on form 503 and enter in the amount you would like to donate.
Donations to this fund are divided evenly between Bay restoration grants, provided by the Chesapeake Bay Trust, and rare species programs run by the Wildlife and Heritage Service at the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Not only will your donation help the Bay, it is also tax deductible the following year!
If you are a Certified Public Accountant, then consider joining the “CPAs for a Healthy Bay” program led by the Chesapeake Bay Trust (CBT). "CPAs for a Healthy Bay” is a new program designed to encourage CPAs and other tax professionals to take a few simple steps to raise awareness of the urgent need to support the Chesapeake Bay and Endangered Species Fund around tax time.
Your Line 35 Donation works in hundreds of ways!
- Chesapeake Bay education and restoration projects for students.
- Stream cleanups and tree plantings by community volunteers.
- Habitat research, protection and enhancement for threatened plants and animals
- Protection of Maryland's rare, threatened and endangered species
Some of the projects that your donation dollars help include:
Conserving the Federally Threatened Bog turtle
One of the rarest and smallest turtles in North America, bog turtles live in freshwater bogs, fens, wet meadows, marshes, spring seeps and wet cow pastures in northern Maryland. DNR biologists provide technical assistance and help monitor populations of bog turtles throughout the state.
Initiating Conservation Actions for Rare Butterflies
Over 30 species of butterflies found in Maryland are considered to be rare, threatened or endangered. Tax check-off funds help DNR biologists monitor these species and assist with habitat restoration projects. Maryland’s state insect, the Baltimore Checkerspot, is one such butterfly that benefits from these funds.
Restoring and Managing Sandplain gerardia Habitat
Sandplain gerardia is a Federally Endangered plant found in dry, sandy and nutrient poor soils. This tiny plant is extremely rare throughout the world, and it can be found in a few sites in Maryland. DNR biologists work to restore the sandy habitats where this species is found.
Assisting with Important Bird Areas Program
The Important Bird Areas Program is a global effort to identify and protect areas vital to birds and biodiversity. For this project, DNR staff have partnered with Maryland/DC Audubon staff to identify Important Bird Areas throughout Maryland. To date, 43 sites have been documented in Maryland.
For more information on the tax check-off program, please call:
The Chesapeake Bay Trust at 410-974-2941 or
The Department of Natural Resources at 410-260-8540
- Bog turtle photo courtesy of Scott Smith
- Baltimore checkerspot photo courtesy of Jennifer Frye
- Sandplain gerardia photo courtesy of Richard H. Wiegand
- Canada warbler photo courtesy of David Yeany, II
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