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POSTED: June 17, 2013 4:17 p.m.
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tags tag fee of $35 plus the $20 tag fee and ad valorem tax, if required.  
“We are pleased to announce the availability of these beautiful new designs for wildlife license plates,” said Dan Forster, director of WRD. “Our hope is that these plates will be extremely popular because their proceeds fund critical conservation work in Georgia.”
Designs were solicited from artists from around the country and then were placed on the internet for the vote. The three new designs were selected by more than 18,000 people who voted.  
The soaring eagle tag replaces the eagle with the flag and hummingbird wildlife license plates, which will no longer be for sale. The design is by Cobb County graphic artist Omar Murcia, formerly of THP Graphics Group in Conyers. This plate supports the division’s Nongame Conservation Section, which uses proceeds to fund programs focused on conserving Georgia’s nongame and endangered wildlife, rare plants and tag fee of $35 plus the $20 tag fee and ad valorem tax, if required.  
“We are pleased to announce the availability of these beautiful new designs for wildlife license plates,” said Dan Forster, director of WRD. “Our hope is that these plates will be extremely popular because their proceeds fund critical conservation work in Georgia.”
Designs were solicited from artists around the country and then were placed on the internet for the vote. The three new designs were selected by more than 18,000 people who voted.  
The soaring eagle tag replaces the eagle with the flag and hummingbird wildlife license plates, which will no longer be for sale. The design is by Cobb County graphic artist Omar Murcia, formerly of THP Graphics Group in Conyers. This plate supports the division’s Nongame Conservation Section, which uses proceeds to fund programs focused on conserving Georgia’s nongame and endangered wildlife, rare plants and natural habitats, from bald eagles to pitcherplant bogs.
No state funds are provided for nongame wildlife conservation, education and recreation. The projects are funded solely through federal grants, direct donations and fundraising initiatives, such as the plates.  
The quail, white-tailed deer and wild turkey design replaces the state’s second wildlife license plate, which featured a deer and quail taking flight over a field. This design is original artwork from wildlife artist Joe Thornbrugh of Red Crow Studio-Gallery in Montana. This tag supports conservation practices in the Bobwhite Quail Initiative, Georgia’s only state-funded incentive program for wildlife habitat conservation on private land.
Georgia continues to lose natural habitat for quail, songbirds and other wildlife in part because of the state’s fast-growing population and changing land management practices.  
The trout chasing a fly replaces the Trout Unlimited logo design and benefits the DNR’s trout restoration work. This original artwork was designed by Broderick Crawford of Crawford Art Gallery in Clayton.
This design benefits conserving, protecting and restoring of Georgia’s trout fisheries.
For more information on Georgia’s wildlife license plates and the important projects they support, go to www.georgiawildlife.com.


 

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