The newest Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp is now available for purchase, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. The 2012 edition depicts a spotted salamander, submitted by wildlife photographer Nina Harfmann.

Proceeds from the sale of the Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp help support a range of wildlife diversity projects including management of endangered and threatened wildlife species and their habitats; habitat restoration, land purchases, and conservation easements; and development of educational products for students and wildlife enthusiasts.

“Purchasing the Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp is a direct contribution toOhio’s Wildlife Diversity Fund,” said ODNR Director James Zehringer. “As an example, these funds will help provide wild places and special habitats for birds during migration season.”

Fourteen dollars of every $15 paid from purchasing an Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp is invested in the state’s Wildlife Diversity Fund. In addition to receiving the stamp, people will also acquire a collectable spotted salamander lapel pin to acknowledge their dedication to conservation.

Those interested in purchasing the 2012 Legacy Stamp can visit wildohiostamp.com for details. Additional information about the Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp and other wildlife-related topics can be found at wildohio.com.

Through the years,Ohio’s conservation efforts have been funded largely by hunters, anglers and trappers through the required purchase of licenses and permits. The Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp provides an additional funding opportunity to support conservation especially among wildlife watchers, photographers, campers, hikers and others who support wildlife causes.

The ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.com.

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