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Posted on: July 6, 2011

[ARCHIVED] License Plates Fund Town of Amherst: $47,030 Granted from Massachusetts Environmental Trust

LICENSE PLATES FUND TOWN OF AMHERST: $47,030 Granted from Massachusetts Environmental Trust

The Town of Amherst received a financial boost with a $47,030 grant from the Massachusetts Environmental Trust (the Trust). This funding will enable the Town to help facilitate the removal of the Bartlett Fish Rod Co. dam on the Amethyst Brook in Pelham. Removing the dam will restore upstream fish passage for migratory and resident fish species and improve water quality and in-stream habitat. Amethyst Brook is a high-gradient coldwater stream with a large amount of protected land in the watershed. The dam is the first barrier to fish passage between Amethyst Brook and Long Island Sound.

According to Trust Executive Director Bill Hinkley, the Trust will provide roughly $500,000.00 dollars in grants to more than fifteen organizations this year, thanks to motorists who choose to purchase one of the Trust’s specialty license plates. “Trust plates, including our signature Whale Plate, are the only specialty plates that exclusively fund environmental initiatives,” said Hinkley. Massachusetts residents can purchase a plate from the Registry of Motor Vehicles and half the registry fee is donated to the Trust to fund water-focused environmental education and protection programs.”

The Trust has grown to become the Commonwealth’s premier environmental philanthropy since its inception in 1988. Its primary source of income is environmental license plate revenues which has funded more than 400 grants totaling approximately $15 million.

To preserve the environmental education, conservation or public awareness efforts funded by the Trust in your community is easy: choose one of three environmental plates, the Right Whale & Roseate Terns, The Leaping Brook Trout, or the Blackstone Valley Mill when you purchase a new car or renew your registration with the Registry of Motor Vehicles. The initial registration fee for your new plate is $50.00. The special plate fee is an additional $40.00 ($28.00 is tax-deductible; $12.00 is to manufacture the plate). Total first-time cost of your Specialty Plate is $90.00. There is a renewal fee of $90.00 every two years. Visit your local Registry of Motor Vehicles or order a plate online at www.mass.qov/rmv or log onto www.mass.qov/eea/met where you can learn more about the Trust, the programs it supports, and the specialty license plate offerings.

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