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Marshall M. Herman 804-692-2134
Wendy Jenkins 804-371-0253, 804-350-0858
Aug. 10, 2016
REVENUE FROM ‘PROTECT POLLINATORS’ LICENSE PLATE NOW SUPPORTS POLLINATOR HABITAT PROGRAM
Funds will help to create safe areas for butterflies, other pollinators
RICHMOND, Va. – Revenues from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) ‘Protect Pollinators’ license plate will now support the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Pollinator Habitat Program.
On July 1, the ‘Protect Pollinators’ plate became a revenue-sharing plate, meaning $15 of the $25 purchase fee will be transferred to VDOT to support the Pollinator Habitat Program. Previously, the program was funded only through revenue generated by the Wildflowers license plate. Based on the current number of Protect Pollinator plates (5,105), the Pollinator Habitat Program can expect to receive approximately $75,000 each year from the sale of this plate.
“The Pollinator Habitat Program works to build and protect habitats that are crucial for pollinators,” said VDOT Commissioner Charles Kilpatrick. “This additional source of revenue will help further expand the program into new areas across the state.”
Pollinators such as butterflies and bees are necessary for growing crops, but their population has been steadily declining. Waystations filled with pollinator-friendly plants like milkweed provide those species the environment needed for survival.
VDOT’s Pollinator Habitat Program began in 2014 through collaboration with the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy with four pilot plots, which were planted in northern Virginia at park and ride lots in Centreville, Woodbridge and Sterling, and the Dale City Rest Area on Interstate 95 south.
Since then, six additional sites have been planted or seeded and four more are currently being planned at Virginia Rest Areas. Besides allowing for expansion of the program, the new funding will also aid in research on the best seed mixtures, and provide additional educational materials and programs on native plants and pollinators.
More information about VDOT’s Pollinator Habitat Program can be found online.
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