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New license plate to help NDOW funding
by Tribune Staff
Nov 09, 2010 | 554 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
RENO — An effort that started by collecting 1,400 wildlife enthusiast signatures more than five years ago achieved a major milestone on Oct. 13 when Nevada’s Commission on Special License Plates approved the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) license plate for production.

The plate’s design still must be finalized to meet Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles and Public Safety technical specifications, but it is hoped the plate will be available for sale in early 2011.

Proceeds from the sale of the “Conserve Wildlife” plate, designed by Nevada wildlife artist Jani Ahlvers, will provide sorely needed funding for NDOW’s wildlife education and volunteer programs.

“The approval of the first-ever NDOW license plate is the result of years of team effort by NDOW staff, volunteers and the 1,400 public petitioners that initiated this process,”said NDOW director Ken Mayer. “The timing could not be better. With severe cutbacks to our wildlife education and volunteer programs, sales of the ‘Conserve Wildlife’ plate will go directly to NDOW to support these important programs. This funding will provide critically needed state dollars to augment our very limited federal funding that is available for the education and volunteer programs.”

Such programs include NDOW’s Preserving Our Wildlife Legacy (PrOWL) Volunteer program, which was formed in 2000 to serve as a mechanism for citizen-volunteers to become more involved with wildlife projects, such as restoration programs, sagebrush seed collection and sage grouse surveys.

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