1976: First Vermont nongame bill introduced.
1982: Efforts to pass nongame bill reinitiated in house and senate. Vermont
Audubon Council spearheads efforts of conservation community.
1982: The Nature Conservancy creates Natural Heritage Program in Vermont to
track rare, threatened, and endangered animals and plants, and natural communities.
1985: The Natural Heritage Program is transferred from The Nature Conservancy
to the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources under contract.
1986: Vermont Nongame Wildlife Resources Act becomes law creating the Nongame
"checkoff" on Vermont's tax form.
1987: First Nongame Wildlife Fund contributions received via state income tax
form (Tax Year 1986).
1989: Natural Heritage Program becomes part of Fish and Wildlife Department
1991: Nongame Program and Natural Heritage Program merge (NNHP) with one FY 92 budget
(July 1991- June 1992).
1996: MOA between VFWD and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) creates a full-time
Natural Community Ecologist position. TNC is employer with assignment to NNHP.
1997: Second competing "checkoff" added to tax form.
1997: Conservation License Plate program initiated.
1998: Third competing "checkoff" added to tax form.
Today: NNHP is integrated throughout the Fish and Wildlife Department with a
broad base of personnel working on this program area. The program is renamed the Wildlife Diversity Program.