Conservation plates a big hit
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.