Kentucky has released three updated nature license plates, which feature images of dragonflies, hummingbirds and Cumberland Falls. The new plates replace those that that included butterflies, bobcats and cardinals.
The new designs were selected by public vote from nearly a dozen illustrations submitted to the Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund Board, which administers the fund. The images under consideration were displayed at the Kentucky State Fair in 2006, with voting held online and at the fair.
Shannon Martin, graphic artist with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, inked the dragonfly design. Charlie Baglan of the Kentucky Department for Fish and Wildlife Resources crafted the Cumberland Falls plate. Dawn and David Morrow of Frankfort created the nature plate featuring the ruby-throated hummingbird.
At a cost of $10 above normal registration, the nature plates provide the means to buy property outright and fund studies to safeguard the ecological wealth of the commonwealth. Fifty percent of the funds generated are disbursed equally to the Kentucky Department of Parks, the Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources, Division of Forestry, Wild Rivers Program, and the Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission. The balance of the funds is granted to applicants such as local governments, state colleges and universities and other state agencies.