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Projects benefit from open space and conservation fund

RICHMOND — There’s still time for Virginians to contribute all or a portion of their state tax refunds to the Open Space and Recreation Conservation Fund.

The fund is used to acquire land for recreation or land conservation, and to develop and maintain public park facilities.

It’s also used to provide matching grants for local outdoor-recreation projects — one of which is the expansion at the Gene Dixon Memorial Ball Park in Buckingham, according to a press release.

“The fund has supported Virginia’s Natural Area Preserve System, which protects some of the state’s best examples of natural communities, and rare plants and animals. Twenty-one preserves have parking areas and trails that allow people to hike, study nature and learn about the environment,” the release stated.

Contributions may be made on Schedule VAC, which accompanies the individual tax return Form 760. To choose the Open Space Conservation and Recreation Fund, taxpayers must write code number 6-8 in the section for voluntary contributions.