GREENSBORO, N.C. (March 26, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, in partnership with students at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s Academic Think Tank, is holding a contest to generate a new license plate design for the Commission’s Wildlife Diversity Program.
The Commission would like to update the current license plate logo, which features a northern cardinal and dogwood blossom, to a more striking image that reflects North Carolina’s native flora and fauna.
“The Commission hopes that this contest will bring attention and support to our Wildlife Diversity Program, which conducts research, conservation and monitoring work that benefits nongame wildlife — animals such as songbirds, sea turtles, eagles, salamanders, frogs, turtles and bats,” said Shannon Deaton, the Habitat Conservation program manager with the Commission. “Instead of the Commission developing an updated image for our license plate, we encouraged UNC-G to sponsor a contest where the public can submit their ideas of what they think would be a striking North Carolina native species for a nongame wildlife license plate.”
The contest is open to anyone but minors must submit parental permission with their entries.
Entry guidelines are:
- No more than five colors can be used for the design.
- The design must include any nongame species that is native to North Carolina, with a special preference for the marbled salamander or the Pine Barrens treefrog, both of which are official state amphibians.
- The design also may include a native plant with the native nongame species and both must be found together in the wild.
Entries must be submitted electronically and are due by April 15, 2014. When submitting entries, entrants should include the following information: first and last name, phone number, mailing address, species used, and medium used. Entries should be emailed to: UNCGThinkTank2014@yahoo.com.
From the contest entries submitted, five designs will be selected and brought before the N.C. Nongame Wildlife Advisory Committee for consideration. The committee, which serves in an advisory role to the Commission, then will select one design to submit to the Wildlife Commissioners for their official recommendation. After a new license plate design is selected by Commissioners, the agency will promote and market it to replace the current license plate. An official action to change the current plate design requires final approval from the Department of Motor Vehicles.
More information, as well as additional guidelines, can be found on the Art Contest: Design a License Plate! PDF.
For more information about wildlife conservation and nongame species in North Carolina, visit the Commission’s Conserving page.