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P.E.I. conservation licence plates have generated $160K

A program where people pay a $10 annual fee to have a conservation licence plate for their vehicles has generated about $160,000 since it was introduced about two years ago, says the province’s transportation minister.

The program was introduced in Sept. 2013

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      A program where people pay a $10 annual fee to have a conservation licence plate for their vehicles has generated about $160,000 since it was introduced about two years ago, according to the province's transportation minister.

      The program was introduced in Sept. 2013 and all of the proceeds go to the P.E.I. Wildlife Conservation Fund.

      People and groups can apply to the government fund, which is administered by the Island Nature Trust, for money for education, research or wildlife and habitat restoration projects.

      "Through the purchase of conservation plates we can all continue to support dozens of conservation initiatives and watershed groups," said Transportation Minister Paula Biggar.

      She says the red fox plate remains the most popular design.

      Other designs feature a blue jay, a goose, a lady slipper and a trout.

      PC MLA and environment critic Brad Trivers says he's heard great feedback about the program, but says people told him they didn't realize there was an annual fee associated with the plate.

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