Critical Habitat License Plate sales top $10 million
Conservation-minded motorists have "driven" proceeds from the sale of Critical Habitat License Plates over the $10 million mark. More than 100,000 loon and deer license plates are traveling Minnesota's roads and highways. Proceeds from the $30 annual contribution are helping protect and manage habitat across the state.
License plate dollars have so far purchased more than 3,100 acres of critical natural lands such as islands, lakeshore, river frontage, wetlands, native prairies and peatlands. These areas have been established as wildlife management areas, aquatic management areas and scientific and natural areas, and provide for a variety of public outdoor recreation. License plate funds have also been used for nongame projects such as a bald eagle nesting survey and lake restorations or other habitat development projects.
Sales of Critical Habitat License Plates have nearly doubled since the loon plate was made available in May of 2002, according to Kim Hennings, DNR land acquisition specialist who also coordinates the license plate program. The first plate, which depicted a deer, went on sale in May of 1996.
"Conservation license plates are a great way for people to show support for fish and wildlife resources in the state," said Gene Merriam, Commissioner of Natural Resources, "Minnesotans have always helped protect our natural resources, whether through the purchase of a hunting or fishing license, contributions to the Nongame tax checkoff or now through the purchase of a conservation license plate."
Plates can be ordered online at www.mndriveinfo.org by clicking on "Critical Habitat Plate." Application forms and plates are also available at deputy registrar offices statewide. Call (651) 297-3304 to request an application form be mailed to you.