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Support outdoors with year-end donation

There's still time to make a year-end gift to the outdoors through a donation to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

A year-end donation may be tax-deductible and will help ensure that Minnesota's natural resources are projected and not lost for future generations. Monetary donations can be designated to support a specific project or program.

Choices include:

• Nongame wildlife program supports projects to protect birds, animals and their habitats; conducts surveys; and funds research for nongame species. Donate at www.mndnr.gov/eco/nongame/checkoff.html.

• Minnesota Conservation Volunteer (MCV) is the magazine of Minnesota's lands, waters and wildlife. MCV relies on reader contributions. Donate at www.mndnr.gov/magazine.

• Walk-In Access program allows public hunting on private lands. In two years, the program has grown to 15,000 acres across 21 counties in southwestern Minnesota. Visit www.mndnr.gov/walkin for more information.

• The Reinvest in Minnesota (RIM) Critical Habitat matching program matches cash or land donations dollar for dollar with funds generated by the critical habitat license plate fees or other appropriations. For more information, visit www.dnr.state.mn.us/grants/land/rim.html.

Financial gifts of any amount can be mailed to DNR Donations, 500 Lafayette Road, Box 25, St. Paul, MN 55155. Make checks payable to DNR, and specify the program in the memo.

For more information, call the DNR Information Center at (651) 296-6157 or 1-888-646-6367 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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