The Michigan House today unanimously approved a bill authored by Rep. Dale Zorn to help fund wetland habitat conservation in Michigan through the creation of a specialty license plate.
Zorn’s House Bill 4337 creates the Ducks Unlimited Fund, which will be used to conserve, protect, enhance, restore, manage and acquire wetlands and associated uplands in the state of Michigan. A portion of the money may be used to fund education and outreach regarding wetland conservation. The bill is linked to Sen. Randy Richardville’s SB 234, which will allow the Secretary of State to generate the fundraising plate for Ducks Unlimited.
“Our state continues to be a destination for those who seek the great outdoors,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “Our lakes offer amazing recreation opportunities and our forests and fields benefit hunters and hikers alike. House Bill 4337 will help finance additional conservation funding – without creating any new taxes – to support wildlife management efforts that will reap economic rewards for Michigan.”
“This bill and its companion in the Senate offer us a unique opportunity to support the Ducks Unlimited mission to conserve and protect our wildlife habitat while ensuring that every dollar raised through the sale of the Ducks Unlimited license plate will remain in Michigan to support our wetland conservation and education. For future generations, we must protect and conserve the wonderful natural resources our great state has been blessed with.”
The bill would allow for the license plates to be available beginning June 1, 2014.