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The Natural Areas Tax Refund Program was established by state legislation enacted in 1983 – thereby creating a system which allows Ohioans to contribute their state income tax refund to the ODNR Division of Natural Areas & Preserves. 100% of your donation goes directly to Ohio State Nature Preserves, and donations are used to:
We need to protect our natural areas together - please join us in saving Ohio’s prairies, forests, and wetlands.
Since its inception more than 30 years ago, the Natural Areas Tax Checkoff program has received widespread public support. Over two million donations have been made to the Natural Areas Fund, providing nearly $16 million for natural land conservation and management.
Checkoff donations have enabled the Division of Natural Areas and Preserves to acquire new nature preserves and add critical additions to existing preserves, construct trails and boardwalks, improve parking and signage and allow for greater public access to a treasure trove of nature’s wonders available in Ohio. Additionally, donations support critical ecological management activities, including efforts to remove non-native and invasive species that pose a serious and ever-growing threat to sensitive habitats.