Con­ser­va­tion plates a big hit

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

The province ob­vi­ously struck a pop­u­lar chord with its wildlife con­ser­va­tion li­cence plate pro­gram. It takes con­cern and in­ter­est to con­vince Is­lan­ders to do­nate an ex­tra $10 when re­new­ing their li­cence plates. Ve­hi­cle own­ers al­ready paid a lot of money reg­is­ter­ing their auto or re­new­ing a driver’s li­cence, so one would con­clude that pry­ing free an ex­tra $10 at an Ac­cess P.E.I. counter might be dif­fi­cult.

But when it comes to help­ing our wildlife, there is wide­spread sup­port. In less than two years, more than $160,000 has been raised from 13,600 con­ser­va­tion li­cence plate sales. That is a lot of money.

It comes as no sur­prise that the red fox is the most pop­u­lar plate. The fox is preva­lent across the province and al­ways at­tracts pos­i­tive at­ten­tion when and wher­ever the crafty mam­mal ap­pears. Other pop­u­lar de­signs in­clude the blue jay – our pro­vin­cial bird – Canada Goose, lady’s slip­per orchid – our pro­vin­cial flower - and trout.

The Wildlife Con­ser­va­tion Fund is the ben­e­fi­ciary of Is­lan­der’s fi­nan­cial sup­port which helps to pro­tect and en­hance wildlife and habi­tat. Do­nat­ing $10 is a great way for Is­lan­ders to take an ac­tive role in sup­port­ing the province’s nat­u­ral habi­tats and be­ing di­rectly in­volved in help­ing wildlife, ex­plains Dun­can Craw­ford, pres­i­dent of the P.E.I. Wildlife Fed­er­a­tion and a mem­ber of the Wildlife Con­ser­va­tion Fund Com­mit­tee. He hit the nail on the head.

Dozens of wildlife groups, na­ture or­ga­ni­za­tions, con­ser­va­tion ini­tia­tives and wa­ter­shed groups owe thou­sands of gen­er­ous Is­lan­ders a vote of thanks. Well done.

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