A Healthy Chesapeake Bay? Check!

| March 25, 2013 | 0 Comments

CBT-CheckOff_Ad-130x130_line35It is often said that there are two things certain in life; death and taxes. If I were to add any other certainty to life, I would want it to be a healthy Chesapeake Bay. Although you may not know it, every year taxes and the Chesapeake actually have something in common (other than the fact that people are worried about them). Marylanders have a choice on their State Income Tax Forms to donate to a line called the Chesapeake Bay and Endangered Species Fund, or in simpler terms, Line 35.

This ambiguous name can often cause confusion around the big important question, “Where does the money go?” This tax deductible donation is split between two organizations, the Chesapeake Bay Trust and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Heritage Serivce. The Chesapeake Bay Trust is a non-profit organization based in Annapolis, dedicated to restoration and environmental education in the Bay watershed. Last year, the portion of the donations that came to the Trust from Line 35 helped to fund environmental field experiences for 83,688 students, plant 179,697 native trees and plants, engage 33,878 volunteers and create 6,320 linear feet of living shorelines.

The other portion of the Line 35 donation is given to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Heritage Service. This branch of the MDNR is dedicated to research, protection and enhancement for threatened and endangered plants and animals. This includes conservation practices for the threatened bog turtle and rare butterflies, as well as habitat protection and monitoring for bird populations. Coupled with the goals and outcomes of the Chesapeake Bay Trust, Line 35 is doing a lot for your local community!

These projects could not have been completed without the generous support of Marylanders who donate every year through their State Income Tax Forms. So this year, if you have something to spare, give a little back to the Chesapeake Bay, and let’s help make its future certain.

If you are interested in learning more about Line 35, please visit the Chesapeake Bay Trust website.

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