INDIANAPOLIS – March 1, 2012 – Ducks Unlimited leaders want Indiana residents to know that the new DU license plate is available for purchase at Bureau of Motor Vehicles locations across the state.
"There has been some confusion about the plate's availability due to proposed legislation," said DU State Chairman Curt Lee. "The plate has been available since January. Every plate purchased supports habitat conservation in Indiana, which has wetlands that rival any state in the nation."
Indiana Senate Bill 327 would have eliminated the Indiana DU license plate, which generates funds for wetlands conservation in the state. State Rep. Ed Soliday pulled the measure, which was designed to curb the expansion of specialty plates, during a Wednesday evening legislative session.
Indiana's specialty plate program allows qualified nonprofit groups to reap $25 from the $40 purchase price of plates to support organizational activities. DU puts that money directly into Indiana conservation.
"What people might not understand about resources like these is how important they are to an organization," said Joe Borders, regional director for Ducks Unlimited. "At DU, these dollars are available to use as match funds for much larger grants. For every dollar we raise we generally put four more into on-the-ground projects."
Hoosiers who enjoy outdoor recreation have benefited from DU members' fundraising efforts. In 2011 alone, the group completed 20 projects conserving 569 acres, as well as providing nearly 6,000 acres of technical assistance and investing $479,471 in Indiana wetland habitats.
Ducks Unlimited is the world's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 12 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.