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History of Wildlife Diversity Program

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.


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