Lt. Gov. Dan Mongiardo's Communications Office
Lieutenant Governor Mongiardo joins in announcement of Quail License Plate

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, October 01, 2008  
Contact Information:  Sarah Baird

Lieutenant Governor Daniel Mongiardo joined Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Jon Gassett, Commissioner Dan Glass of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Quail Unlimited Kentucky State Chairman Joe McDonald and renowned wildlife artist Rick Hill this morning to introduce the Commonwealth’s newest specialty license plate recognizing the state’s bobwhite quail restoration efforts.

“Since 2005 several beautiful new specialty plates have been framed on our vehicles and today we are here to add another one,” said Commissioner of Vehicle Regulation Dan Glass. “Specialty plates also support very positive causes. This one is no exception, because restoring quail habit in Kentucky will benefit the Commonwealth in so many ways.”

Held at the Salato Wildlife Center in Frankfort, the ceremony celebrated not only the beautiful new plate featuring Hill’s artistic rendering of the Kentucky-native bobwhite quail, but the efforts of conservationists across the state to preserve and protect wildlife habitats. Kentucky is home to a rich, diverse mix of flora and fauna, including the largest elk herd east of the Mississippi River. Each time a motorist purchases this new plate, he or she will not only be making a commitment to protecting wildlife habitat for all animals—including the bobwhite—but will be raising awareness about this all-important cause.

“For decades, sportsmen and sportswomen have footed the bill for the wildlife conservation and restoration that benefits everyone. This quail license plate is one way that everyone can share in the effort to improve Kentucky’s wildlife. For whenever we improve habitat for quail, a variety of songbirds and other wildlife also benefit,” said Commissioner John Gassett.

Funds from the plate sales will support a statewide public information campaign to help spread the word about the value of the quail restoration project. What’s more, each time a motorist purchases this new plate, he or she will have the opportunity to make an additional contribution, which will be used by Quail Unlimited to support bobwhite restoration.

“The bobwhite quail is one of our most valuable species, and the preservation of its wildlife habitat today is imperative for future generations,” said Lieutenant Governor Mongiardo. “The hard work and dedication of groups like Quail Unlimited, the Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet have made this outstanding initiative possible, and brought an important cause to the attention of Kentuckians.”

For more information about obtaining this special license plate for your vehicle, visit the Department of Motor Vehicles website: or contact your local county clerk.