Georgia Land Trust and the Georgia Land Conservation Center want land protection supporters to know that this tax season, every Georgian has an easy and unique way to contribute to the state’s rich natural resources — on their 2010 state income tax return.  By filling in line 29 of the Georgia Income Tax Form 500 (or 500-EZ), Georgia taxpayers contribute to a program that preserves farms, forests, waterbodies and greenspace all across the state.

All funds donated to the Statewide Land Conservation Program are distributed on a competitive basis to projects throughout Georgia.  Funds are matched with dollars from landowners, cities, counties and non-profit organizations to permanently preserve sensitive tracts of land with high conservation value.  Thus far, the program has utilized tax checkoff proceeds to help protect 31,414 acres at a cost of only about $11 per acre!  That’s pretty good leverage and a great return on the taxpayer’s investment.

Through their checkoff donations, taxpayers can help leave a legacy of natural lands for generations to come by giving to the Statewide Land Conservation Program.  So fill in the Land Conservation Program box on your 2010 tax form and give until it hurts!

To review a list of all 317 checkoff and non-checkoff funded projects, as well as the more than 212,000 acres preserved through the program since 2005, please view the Endorsed Projects tab of the GLCP website:  www.glcp.ga.gov.  Visit www.checkoffgeorgia.org for more information on the income tax donation option.

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