LITTLE ROCK (AGFC) – Each year since 2000, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission rings in the new year with a new vehicle license plate to further conservation education in Arkansas. This year's license plate will feature a popular backyard bird – the northern cardinal.
White-tailed deer, black crappie, black bear and Diana fritillary butterflies are only a few species to have graced the plate in years past. This year's plate, created by graphic artist Aaron Johnson proves to be one of the most popular yet.
"Our most popular plate so far has been the ruby-throated hummingbird," said Kim Mullen, AGFC chief of education. "We're really excited to see if this year's cardinal surpasses it."
According to Mullen, the conservation license plate program brings in more than $1 million a year for conservation education.
"License plate funds enable us to give conservation-related scholarships and internships," Mullen said. "They also help fund many education programs such as the Arkansas Youth Shooting Sports Program, Arkansas National Archery in the Schools Program, Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs, and many others."