ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia wildlife officials say the revenue from wildlife license plates is increasing this year despite a decline in sales.
Rick Lavender, communications specialist for the Department of Natural Resources nongame section, says annual revenue from wildlife tags averages about $1.9 million, but is expected to increase to $2.1 million this year.
Lavender says the addition of an annual renewal fee for the tags is a big reason for the growth in revenue.
The nongame program funds scientific research, educational programs, land purchases and habitat restoration for native plant and animal species.
Lavender says the program generally leverages at least $2 in federal or private matching funds for each dollar it spends.