The BC Parks Licence Plate Program is marking its five-year anniversary.
During the past five years, more than 300,000 speciality BC Parks licence plates have been sold, generating more than $20 million in total revenue for the program, including funding for projects in conservation, Indigenous reconciliation, engagement, education and inclusion, as well as fire-based ecosystem and land management. The projects have involved more than 200 community partners and more than 70 First Nation partners.
"It is very gratifying to see such broad support for our BC Parks Licence Plate Program. People are happily taking meaningful actions to protect and preserve the rich natural legacy of our province," said George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy.
"The licence plate program has had an incredible impact on our parks right across the province by contributing to the protection and preservation of unique species, sensitive ecosystems, Indigenous culture and history. I love seeing the parks plates becoming increasingly common."
At Cultus Lake Provincial Park, BC Parks has partnered with the Fraser Valley Invasive Species Society to control invasive plants and work toward restoring an important conservation area for the Oregon forest snail, which has a significant impact on the overall health of the forest ecosystem.
"The Fraser Valley is one of the last remaining areas where Oregon forest snails exist. Unfortunately, over the years Maple Bay has been a site where garden-waste dumping and recreational activities have negatively impacted the forest understory," said Kathy Ma Green, executive director, Fraser Valley Invasive Species Society.
"The Fraser Valley Invasive Species Society is grateful for funding from the licence plate program, which will help remove the invasive plants and restore this important space for the snails."
Other initiatives supported by the licence plate program include youth employment through the student ranger program, wildlife inventories, Indigenous interpretive programs in parks, wildfire fuel mitigation, managing invasive species, educational materials for children and families, and restoration of wetlands, coastal bluffs and other sensitive ecosystems.
"British Columbians who purchase a BC Parks licence plate can take pride in knowing they are supporting projects that are making real improvements in our spectacular parks," said Kelly Greene, Parliamentary Secretary for Environment.
"It's exciting to see the many partnerships with community groups and First Nations, and the resulting improved visitor experience and healthier park environments. I encourage everyone to consider a BC Parks plate when they insure their vehicle."