...The Louisiana Legislature finds...D. That funding for the conservation of threatened or endangered species and native plants may be made available to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries annually by appropriations from the general fund of the state. Additionally, sources other than those normally used by the department to support its present wildlife programs may be utilized, including but not limited to federal funding through Section 6 of the federal Endangered Species Act of 1973 and to that extent the department may enter into cooperative agreements with the proper authorities of the government of the United States, issue and promote the sale of “Endangered Species” stamps or utilize such other methods as are deemed appropriate to accomplish the purposes of this Part.
Citation: LSA-R.S. 56:1901.
A. In addition to other methods of funding available for implementation of this Part the commission is authorized to issue and promote the sale to the general public of “endangered species” stamps, which shall be commemorative stamps, and which shall be limited to a maximum price of ten dollars for each stamp purchased.
B. Proceeds from the sale of these stamps shall be transmitted to the state treasurer who shall deposit the funds in a special account to be designated as the “endangered species fund”, and which funds shall be used in addition to any other monies available for implementation of this Part.
Citation: LSA-R.S. 56:1906.
A. The secretary of the Department of Public Safety and Corrections shall establish a special prestige motor vehicle license plate to be known as the “Rare and Endangered Species” plate, provided there is a minimum of one thousand applicants for such plates. These license plates shall be restricted to use on passenger cars, pickup trucks, recreational vehicles, and vans.
B. The special prestige license plate shall be known as the “Rare and Endangered Species” license plate and shall bear the likeness of a rare avian species native to Louisiana on the left side of the license plate. The “Louisiana” name logo shall be at the top of the license plate. The center of the plate shall display a number, with the first issued plate displaying the number one, and shall continue in consecutive numerical order for each plate. Centered at the bottom of the plate below the number shall be the words “Rare and Endangered Species” or similar. The bottom of the plate will display a wetland scene with shades of blue coloring on the remainder of the plate background.
C. The prestige license plate shall be issued, upon application, to any citizen of Louisiana.
D. The charge for this special license plate shall be the standard motor vehicle license tax imposed by Article VII, Section 5 of the Constitution of Louisiana, plus an annual royalty fee of twenty-six dollars for each plate, and a handling fee of three dollars and fifty cents to be retained by the department to offset a portion of administrative cost.
E. The monies received from the additional twenty-six dollar fee shall be deposited into the “Rare and Endangered Species Account” which is created within the Conservation Fund through the provisions of R.S. 56:10(B)(14). The funds collected from the sale of the license plates shall be used by the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries for the purpose of conserving, restoring, and enhancing rare, threatened, and endangered species and their habitats through the office of wildlife.
F. The secretary shall adopt rules and regulations as are necessary to implement the provisions of this Section.
Citation: LSA-R.S. 47:463.150.
...(14) There is hereby created within the Conservation Fund a special account known as the “Rare and Endangered Species Account”, which shall consist of revenues collected from the sale of the “Rare and Endangered Species” special prestige license plate provided for in R.S. 47:463.150, donations, and any other source which may specify deposit to this account. The revenues in the account shall be subject to the same requirements as other revenues in the Conservation Fund. All expenditures and allocations of funds from this account shall be used solely for purposes of conserving, restoring, and enhancing rare and endangered species habitats in Louisiana...
Citation: LSA-R.S. 56:10.