The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) is excited to announce the redesign of the Endangered Species Specialty License Plate. The new design features a loggerhead sea turtle hatchling making its way to the ocean. The featured hatchling on the plate illustrates a treasured moment special to coastal residents and visitors who love sea turtles, the water and our state’s coastal resources. The design is painted by artist Ellen Fishburne using a photograph of an actual loggerhead hatchling on the beach at the Isle of Palms in South Carolina. Barbara Bergwerf, a retired professional photographer and SCDNR sea turtle program volunteer, shot this photo one early morning during a nest survey. “There is nothing to compare with the smile on a youngster's face, or adult for that matter, when they see these two-inch hatchlings scurrying down the beach towards the water. There is something magical about watching this journey begin, knowing it has been going on for millions of years,” said Bergwerf.
The hatchling crawling to the ocean represents many months of nest protection efforts and is a special icon of the South Carolina coast. The new design is dedicated to the thousands of South Carolina residents that volunteer their time in support of the SCDNR endangered species conservation programs. “This specialty license plate is an excellent example of how everyone who appreciates endangered species conservation and the coast can demonstrate their support for South Carolina's natural resources,” states DuBose Griffin, SCDNR sea turtle program coordinator. Funds from the sale of the license plate will go to the SCDNR and will be used to help protect South Carolina's endangered and threatened species.
The cost of the plate is $30 every two years, in addition to the regular registration fee. If you already own the endangered species specialty license plate and would like to change to the new design, the cost for the change is $6.00. South Carolinians are encouraged to purchase this special license plate to help enhance and protect our endangered and threatened species for future generations. The SCDNR also encourages those who may not live on the coast to purchase a plate to support the conservation of all the state's living resources and associated habitats. To purchase this one-of-a-kind license plate, visit any South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles location, call its main office at (803) 737-4000 in Columbia or visit its Web site at www.scdmvonline.com.
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