During a recent internet vote to choose four new vehicle license plates, the voting was neck and neck between the two eagle designs that benefit wildlife conservation. Because it was too close to call, there will be a run-off to pick the next new eagle design, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.
You can cast your vote for either the eagle and the flag design or the soaring eagle design at www.georgiawildlife.com . Simply click on the “Run-Off: Go Online to Cast Your Vote For Your Favorite Eagle Wildlife Tag Design” link cast a vote for your favorite eagle design.
The deadline to vote on the run-off for a new tag design is November 7, 2012.
Two other wildlife designs were successfully selected to benefit trout restoration and bobwhite quail restoration efforts by the Department of Natural Resources. The third eagle design will benefit Nongame Conservation of the DNR.
The winning designs will then be announced and made available shortly afterward in local tag offices and for online renewals. Specialty plates cost $60 (plus ad-valorem taxes and other fees standard for all plates). There is an annual renewal of $35.
“We received more than 18,000 votes to help us pick the next set of wildlife license plates,” said Wildlife Resources Division Director Dan Forster. “Although voters had 5 animals to choose from, their top picks were the two eagles. Our hope is that with the second round of voting a clear winner emerges.”
Georgia’s Nongame Conservation Section receives no state general funds for its mission to conserve wildlife not legally hunted, fished for or trapped, as well as rare plants and natural habitats in the state. Instead, Nongame Conservation depends on direct contributions, grants, and fundraisers such as the nongame plates, which account for about two-thirds of funds raised. Learn more at www.georgiawildlife.com/conservation/support .