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New wildlife license plates unveiled

Three new wild license plate designs are available in local tag offices, the Georgia Department of Natural Resourcesi Wildlife Resources Division announced.

Three new wild license plate designs are available in local tag offices, the Georgia Department of Natural Resourcesi Wildlife Resources Division announced.

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SOCIAL CIRCLE -- Three new wild license plate designs are available in local tag offices, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Wildlife Resources Division announced today. And thanks to a new license plate process, the new, rich-colored images cover the entire plate making an even bolder statement for supporting wildlife conservation.

Designs were solicited from artists from around the country and then were placed on the Internet for a public vote. The three new designs were selected by more than 18,000 people who participated in the voting process. The designs include: a soaring bald eagle, a bobwhite quail, a white-tailed deer and a turkey and one with a brook trout rising to catch a fly.

The plates help support important conservation work being done by the Wildlife Resources Division. Wildlife plates may be purchased for a fee of $60 ($25 manufacturing fee and a $35 plate fee) plus the normal $20 annual registration fee and ad valorem tax (if required). Annual renewal is available for a fee of $35 plus the normal $20 registration fee and ad valorem tax (if required.) Vehicle owners who have any of the previous wildlife tags can retain and renew their tag at the specialty tag fee of $35 plus the $20 normal tag fee and ad valorem tax, if it is required.

"We are pleased to announce the availability of these beautiful new designs for wildlife license plates," said Dan Forster, director of the Wildlife Resources Division. "Our hope is that these plates will be extremely popular because their proceeds fund critical conservation work in Georgia."

The soaring eagle tag replaces the eagle with the flag and hummingbird wildlife license plates, which will no longer be for sale. This license plate supports the Wildlife Resources Division's Nongame Conservation Section, which uses proceeds from plate purchases and renewals to fund programs focused on conserving Georgia's nongame and endangered wildlife, rare plants and natural habitats, from bald eagles to pitcherplant bogs.

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 tag supports conservation practices in the Bobwhite Quail Initiative, Georgia's first and only state-funded incentive program for wildlife habitat conservation on private land.

The trout chasing a fly replaces the Trout Unlimited logo design and benefits the DNR's trout restoration work. This design benefits conserving, protecting, and restoring of Georgia's trout fisheries.