The newest conservation license plate from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission features a handsome buck deer on alert.
It's the 12th plate in the series that supports the AGFC Conservation Scholarship Education Fund.
The plates cost $35 per year -- $25 goes to scholarships for students who study conservation; $10 goes to the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration for administering the license plate program.
High school seniors, college students and graduate students studying conservation or wildlife law enforcement may apply for a conservation scholarship. Applicants must be full-time students and Arkansas residents with a 2.5 grade-point average.
Applications must be submitted by June 1 for fall semesters.
For a list of all the requirements, call the AGFC Human Resources Division at 501-223-6300.
Hundreds of Arkansas students have benefited from the conservation scholarships, and a number of them are working as wildlife biologists and in other capacities with the AGFC.
Others are in conservation-related positions with other agencies and with private companies.
The latest plate in the series debuts each Jan. 1.
To buy any of the plates issued since the program began in 2000, download a form from the Arkansas Office of Motor Vehicles, www.arkansas.gov/dfa/motor_vehicle/mv_pl.... Fill out the form and mail it to or visit any DFA office across the state (further instructions are on the form). The forms also are available at DFA offices.
A conservation plate may be purchased with a gift certificate available at AGFC headquarters, 2 Natural Resources Drive in Little Rock.
For more information on the license plates, call 501-682-4692.
Vehicle owners can choose conservation license plates from earlier years if desired.
Deer (2000), Hummingbird (2001), Largemouth Bass (2002), Turkey (2003), Mallard (2004), Rainbow Trout (2005), Ivory-billed Woodpecker (2006), Elk (2007), Black Bear (2008), Butterfly (2009) and Labrador Retriever (2010).