LANSING, Mich. – March 20, 2013 – Ducks Unlimited will realize a new source of conservation funding from sales of a specialty license plate. DU staff and volunteers joined Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder as he signed the legislation introduced by Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville and Rep. Dale Zorn.
"This is a really wonderful day," said Rebecca Humphries, director of DU's Great Lakes/Atlantic Region. "We're so grateful to Senator Richardville and Representative Zorn, and we appreciate the support of Governor Snyder, Secretary of State Ruth Johnson and Representative Phil Potvin. The funds raised from the sale of this plate will improve Michigan's waterfowl habitat, and that is something all Michiganders can benefit from and enjoy."
Ducks Unlimited will use proceeds from license plate sales to support conservation and outreach activities highlighting the importance of wetlands in the state of Michigan. Wetlands restoration, protection and enhancement benefit waterfowl and wildlife, as well as the millions of Michigan citizens who use them for clean drinking water and recreation. In addition, these activities stimulate the state's economy, as businesses and contractors support DU's efforts across the state, creating a win-win situation economically and ecologically.
The new plate is scheduled to be available beginning June 1, 2014.
Ducks Unlimited leverages funds to obtain additional federal and state dollars, such as those available through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and the North American Wetlands Conservation Act, and uses them to enhance and restore wetlands across the state. In addition to government sources, DU receives support from corporate and private sponsors, and typically leverages every dollar at least four times, maximizing the returns for the Great Lakes state.
Ducks Unlimited Inc. is the world's largest non-profit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 13 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever. For more information on our work, visit www.ducks.org. Connect with us on our Facebook page at facebook.com/DucksUnlimited, follow our tweets at twitter.com/DucksUnlimited and watch DU videos at youtube.com/DucksUnlimitedInc.