LANSING (WWJ/AP) – Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation authorizing a fundraising license plate for a conservation group.

The bills signed Wednesday will let drivers buy a “Ducks Unlimited” plate with proceeds going to the Michigan chapter of the wetlands and waterfowl conservation organization.

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“This is a really wonderful day,” said Rebecca Humphries, director of Ducks Unlimited’s Great Lakes Region. ” The funds raised from the sale of this plate will improve Michigan’s waterfowl habitat, and that is something all Michiganders can benefit from and enjoy.”

Humphries said Ducks Unlimited, which has 25,951 members in Michigan, will use proceeds from license plate sales to support conservation and outreach activities highlighting the importance of wetlands in the state.

The new plate is scheduled to be available beginning June 1, 2014, making Michigan the 18th state that has specialty plates for Ducks Unlimited.

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The $15,000 startup cost to the state will be paid for by proceeds from the specialty plate. The state can stop issuing the plate if it doesn’t issue at least 2,000 in year one and at least 500 in future years.

The bills were sponsored by Republican Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville of Monroe and Republican Rep. Dale Zorn of Ida.

“Our natural resources are what make Michigan the great state it is,” Richardville said. “The Ducks Unlimited specialty plate creates a healthier Michigan environment and increased recreational opportunities for Michigan residents and tourists.”

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