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Conservation License Plate Unveiling w/ Gov. Shumlin Monday, November 10

Conservation License Plate Unveiling w/ Gov. Shumlin  Monday, November 10 Montpelier Vermont


posted at 3:01 pm Thu Nov 6th, 2014 by (WherezIt_Staff)

WHAT: Governor Shumlin will unveil three new conservation license plate designs - a loon, brook trout, and white-tailed deer.

WHEN: Monday, November 10, 2014 at 11:30 a.m.

WHERE: The Governor's Ceremonial Office in the second floor of the State House, Montpelier, Vt.

WHO: Governor Shumlin, D.M.V. Commissioner Robert Ide, Fish & Wildlife Commissioner Louis Porter, F&W director of public relations Susan Warner, wildlife division director Mark Scott, wildlife diversity program coordinator Steve Parren, D.E.C. Environmental Analyst Rick Hopkins.

BACKGROUND INFO:

  • Conservation plates have raised over $2 million since they were first released in 1997.
  • The original conservation plate was the peregrine falcon - the catamount plate was added in 2006.
  • Funds from the sale of the plates are split between the Nongame Wildlife Fund and the Watershed Grant Fund.
  • Funds in excess of the needs of the current programs will go to the Green Mountain Conservation Camps, where kids ages 12 to 16 learn about ecology and the outdoors
  • The Nongame Wildlife Fund protects animals such as lynx, loons, bats, turtles, and bald eagles.

    - The Watershed Grant Fund gives money to projects such as streambank plantings, a native plant nursery, and fish passage improvements.

  • The loon was chosen by the public to replace the peregrine falcon through an online poll conducted by the Fish & Wildlife Department.
  • Brook trout were chosen to represent the Watershed Grant Fund because they require clean water and intact habitat to thrive.
  • The image for the brook trout plate was painted by former Fish & Wildlife commissioner Patrick Berry just before he stepped down as commissioner earlier in 2014. The deer and loon images were painted by Berlin, Vermont artist Linda Mirabile.
  • Conservation license plates are purchased when drivers register their vehicle, either online or at the Montpelier, D.M.V.

    Conservation license plates are currently on 5,699 registered vehicles in Vermont.

    Relevant Address(es):
    Montpelier, VT 05602 (Set as Local)

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