Environmental License Plates that Make a Difference, Part 2: Mid-Atlantic

Welcome to part 2 of my round-up of specialty license plates that directly help fund conservation and environmental causes in the Northeast. This post covers New York and the mid-Atlantic states down to Maryland. (Check out the previous post for New England conservation plates.)

In New York, you can bolt on a bluebird designed by famed naturalist Roger Tory Peterson as part of the state's conservation plate. Known as the Bluebird Plate, it directly supports the state's Environmental Protection Fund; each plate purchase provides $25 in funding for conservation projects identified in New York's Open Space Plan. Alternatively, you can purchase the Striped Bass Plate, which supports education, research, and conservation in New York's Marine and Coastal District.

New Jersey offers a Conserve Wildlife Plate, which features a soaring bald eagle with outstretched wings. 80 percent of the $50 purchase price funds protection efforts for the state's endangered wildlife, including peregrine falcons, osprey, bald eagles, plus wetland habitats essential for turtles and owls.

Pennsylvanians can purchase a River Otter Plate, which carries the message "Conserve Wild Resources." Proceeds benefit the Wild Resource Conservation Fund, which supports education and research programs related to the state's native wild plants and non-game wildlife.

In Maryland, you can treasure the Chesapeake with, yes, a Treasure the Chesapeake Plate. The Chesapeake Bay Trust receives financial support from the sale of these plates and uses the funds for conservation, research, and education efforts in Chesapeake Bay and its surrounding watershed.

Delaware residents can cruise with one of two Environmental Plate designs: lighthouse and shore or duck and inland waters. Proceeds support the Delaware Center for Inland Bays and the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, both of which fund various environmental projects around the state.

Equipped” is an AMC Outdoors blog, written by Matt Heid.