Monday, February 6th, 2023
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NJ: Income tax checkoff can help rare and endangered species

(11/P29) TRENTON – Department of Environmental Protection
Commissioner Bob Martin today reminded New Jersey residents they
can help secure the future of the State’s threatened and endangered
wildlife by making a dedicated donation when they file their State
income tax returns this year.

“Despite being the nation’s most densely populated state, New
Jersey has an incredible diversity of wildlife, including some of
the world’s most beautiful and rare animals,” said Commissioner
Martin. “These are special creatures that need our protection, and
which we’d like to preserve in the Garden State for our children
and future generations. We can support this important effort by
making a simple check-off for wildlife on our State income-tax
returns.”

Residents should look for Line 58 — the New Jersey Endangered
Wildlife Fund — on the NJ 1040 income tax form, or remind their
tax preparers they want to make a contribution. Each donated dollar
goes directly to the DEP’s Division of Fish and Wildlife, enabling
its Endangered and Nongame Species Program biologists to continue
their work to restore, conserve and enhance New Jersey’s
populations of rare species.

Each contribution is matched by an equal amount of federal
funding, which further strengthens efforts to protect imperiled
species.

The Endangered and Nongame Species Program manages nearly 500
wildlife species, including 73 species of birds, reptiles,
amphibians, invertebrates, mammals and fish currently listed as
endangered or threatened. The program is funded almost entirely by
federal grants, which require matching state funds from the state
income-tax check-off and sales of New Jersey’s distinctive Conserve
Wildlife license plate.

Those two revenue sources, which generated $292,000 in 2010 and
$1.8 million over the past five years, help finance efforts by DEP
biologists to prevent some rare species from becoming extinct in
New Jersey, and to make sure other creatures do not have to be
added to the state’s list of endangered and threatened species.

For more than 30 years, income tax check off donations has paid
wildlife dividends. Some examples:

* New Jersey biologists restored our bald eagle population from
one nest in 1979 to 82 nesting pairs today.

* New Jersey biologists have led the international effort to
prevent the Western Hemisphere extinction of the red knot, which
depends on the eggs of spawning Delaware Bay horseshoe crabs they
devour in New Jersey each spring to fuel an epic migration from
their South American breeding grounds to Canadian Arctic nesting
grounds.

* The bobcat was reintroduced in New Jersey 30 years ago, and
research and protection efforts since then have allowed this
secretive cat to establish a foothold in the northern third of the
state.

* More than 30 years of intensive management and cooperative
efforts with coastal communities have prevented the State
extinction of three New Jersey beach nesting birds, the piping
plover, least tern and black skimmer.

* Peregrine falcons disappeared from New Jersey in the 1960’s but
through a reintroduction project and intensive management we now
have a stable population of 20 nesting pairs statewide.

“New Jersey’s state income tax check-off for wildlife provides
an opportunity for residents to be a partner in the endangered and
rare species conservation challenges that are already met and the
ones that lie ahead,” said Amy Cradic, Assistant DEP Commissioner
for Natural and Historic Resources. “We would like to thank all of
the generous State residents who have participated with us in this
effort by contributing via the check-off process in previous
years.”

To learn more about New Jersey’s endangered species, visit:
http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/ensphome.htm and
http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/tandespp.htm

 

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