Department of Natural Resources
The Nongame Fish and Wildlife Trust Fund provides revenue to identify, protect, manage, and restore native plant and animal species, natural communities, other natural features, and to promote the knowledge, enjoyment, and stewardship of Michigan's native species and ecosystems for present and future generations.
Originally, the Nongame Fish and Wildlife Trust Fund received contributions from the check-off on State income tax forms, with at least 20 percent of the revenue deposited into the Nongame Fish and Wildlife Trust Fund until it reached $6 million. In 2000, the Nongame Fish and Wildlife Trust Fund was fully funded, eliminating the income tax check-off. Revenues are now generated from the sale of specialty license plates, donations and interest and earnings.
The fund is used solely for the research and management of nongame fish and wildlife and designated endangered animal and plant species. Nongame fish and wildlife are defined as those unconfined and not ordinarily taken for sport, fur, or food. It may also include game species when located in protected areas. Those eligible to receive Nongame Fish and Wildlife Trust Fund revenues are individuals, local units, educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, and government.
You can make a tax-deductible direct contribution to the Nongame Wildlife Fund with a check made payable to "State of Michigan - Nongame Wildlife Fund" and send to: