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Arizona’s “Conserving Wildlife” license plate benefits habitat, education and youth

Posted January 31, 2018

 

PHOENIX — Arizona Sportsmen for Wildlife Conservation’s (AZSFWC) “Conserving Wildlife” license plate ended 2017 surpassing the prior year both in license plate sales and grant awards from the proceeds.

Last year, AZSFWC, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, awarded 16 different grants totaling $170,665 in funding. Putting this into perspective, it means 10,039 Conserving Wildlife license plates were purchased or renewed to fund those projects. Since 2012, the organization has awarded 100 grants totaling more than $520,900.

Every time someone purchases or renews one of these specialty license plates through the state of Arizona, AZSFWC receives $17 of the $25 cost. These funds are placed in a dedicated account and each quarter AZSFWC assesses grant proposals from qualified organizations.

Grant money benefits conservation education efforts, youth recruitment and retention, and important habitat projects. Three notable projects were landscape-scale habitat efforts requiring significant coordination by AZSFWS member organizations with other partners, including federal and state agencies (such as AZGFD), other nongovernmental organizations, private landowners, and volunteers:

To see a list of past grant recipients and funded projects, visit http://azsfwc.org/license-plate-fund-projects/.

Arizona residents can purchase a Conserving Wildlife license plate at http://servicearizona.com/.

AZSFWC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with 42 member and affiliate organizations representing more than 10,000 sportsmen and sportswomen. Its mission is to educate and inform sportsmen, wildlife conservation organizations, and the general public on important issues related to wildlife and wildlife habitat, and to provide, via grants or other sources, funding to conserve Arizona’s wildlife populations through habitat enhancement initiatives. For more information about AZSFWC, visit http://azsfwc.org/ls or contact AZSFWC Administrator Tracy Unmacht at info@azsfwc.org or (602) 361-6478.

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