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Whale Tail license plate funds to help Eureka zoo, Wiyot Tribe, Friends of the Dunes

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    The California Coastal Commission has allocated $41,390 of the Whale Tail License Plate Fund to three Humboldt County organizations.   Supervisor Bonnie
    Message 1 of 1 , May 28, 2010
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      The California Coastal Commission has allocated $41,390 of the Whale Tail License Plate Fund to three Humboldt County organizations.

      Supervisor Bonnie Neely, who also serves as the commission's chair, recently announced the grant awards to the Sequoia Park Zoo Foundation, the Wiyot Tribe and the Friends of the Dunes.

      Nearly 40 marine education projects were funded statewide, totaling $704,000. The Whale Tail License Plates may be ordered from www.ecoplates.com or through the DMV.

      "Buying a Whale Tail license plate is one way for individuals to use their purchasing power to show support for our magnificent coast," Neely said. "Approximately 182,000 Whale Tail Plates have been purchased to date."

      The Sequoia Park Zoo Foundation is using its $17,958 grant for a new exhibit at the zoo about urban impacts on salmon. The exhibit will feature models of different salmon species, an interactive station with a microscope to view species supporting the salmon food chain, and information about ways people can help keep urban waterways healthy for the migrating fish.

      The Wiyot Tribe is using its $8,432 grant for a marine education program that allows young tribal members at the Table Bluff Reservation to engage in hands-on activities relating to marine science topics over two summers, in collaboration with Humboldt State University faculty.

      The Friends of the Dunes' $15,000-grant funded the local Kids' Adopt-A-Beach Program and Beach Cleanup. This program educates students at underserved and inland elementary schools about dune ecosystems and harmful effects of ocean pollution. On May 21, the beach cleanup culminated with 1,000 students.



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