Vehicle owners across the state are helping protect wildlife habitat for future generations.
In recent weeks, owners reached the milestone of 1,000 purchases of specialty license plates that commemorate the N.C. Wildlife Habitat Foundation, and the 1,088 sales have generated more than $12,000 in commissions for the conservation organization the past two years, executive director Eddie Bridges said Tuesday night.
“We earmark all that money for an Adopt-an-Acre program,” Bridges said. “And in doing that, we have made arrangements to have a 3-for-1 matching grant, so that $10 from the license plate sale turns into $40, and we buy wildlife habitat property and give it to the (N.C. Wildlife Resources) Commission.”
For example, tracts in Bladen, Caswell and Richmond counties have been donated.
“It’s been a worthwhile project,” said Bridges, who will be able to multiply the $12,000 into $48,000 with grants from multiple organizations.
The original 300 orders were submitted in January 2013 for plates with the foundation’s acorn-and-N.C.-map oval logo and the words “Don’t Let the Dream Die.” Distribution began in mid-2013. The plate is one of 156 on the Division of Motor Vehicles website at www.ncdot.gov/dmv for civic clubs, colleges, military, special interests and NASCAR.
The habitat foundation will be among the organizations at the Ridgecrest Baptist Church Outdoor Ministries Sportsmen’s Banquet on Aug. 1 in Durham. A crowd of about 800 is expected, ministry director Rod King said.
The guest speakers, Hall of Fame bass fishermen Roland Martin and Jimmy Houston, will sign autographs during the 4-6 p.m. activities and vendor exhibition and after the banquet, which starts at 7 p.m. at the church at 1104 Milton Road. For tickets, which cost $20, call 919-471-8662, or visit www.ridgecrest.cc.
Winners: Teenage bass anglers Alden Patterson of Mebane and Logan Jennings of Hillsborough used a second-place finish in the season’s sixth and final tournament to take the Collins Inc. Youth Educational Series points championship on July 25 on the Roanoke River at Plymouth.
The duo caught three fish weighing 5.69 pounds to finish behind first-time Y.E.S. competitors Morgan Roberson and Spencer O’Hara, whose three fish totaled 6.42 pounds, director Jeff Narron reported.
Jennings and Patterson had three second-place finishes, two firsts and one third in the series for anglers 18 and younger, who fish with an adult boat captain.
The series is fished in conjunction with the Bass for Cash Series. Find results at www.collinsboating.com.
Open house: Duke Marine Lab on Pivers Island in Beaufort will hold an open house 1-3 p.m. Aug. 1. Visitors can meet scientists, tour the new Pilkey Research Laboratory and see demonstrations. Go to https://nicholas.duke.edu/marinelab.
Show: The Dixie Gun and Knife Show returns to the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh, running 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 1 and 10-5 Aug. 2. Admission is $9. Find a $1 coupon at www.dixiegunandknifeshow.com.
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