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Saturday May 30th, 2015 6:37AM

Lula man's concept in the running for new Ga. wildlife license plate design

By Ken Stanford Reporter
GAINESVILLE - The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking the public's help in choosing the next designs for the state's wildlife license plates, and, Jim Chapman of Lula designed one of the concepts being considered.

Chapman informed Facebook friends a few days ago that his design is one of several finalists. "I have just learned that a Georgia auto tag I did some time back is in the final voting stage for actual use for 2013," Chapman said in the posting. The design contains a drawing of a Green Tree Frog.

Chapman says the research and design for his entry took about a week, "most of that was in the detailing process. It was done digitally."

The category he entered called specifically for a Green Tree Frog with a pitcher plant. The Green Tree Frog is the state amphibian.

Chapman says the big reward for him in all this is "my many friends who told me they voted for it across the state."

Chapman has been in graphic design since mid-80s and recently finished his MFA (Master of Fine Arts) in Studio Arts at Georgia State University. He started as adjunct art faculty at North Georgia College & State University in August, and also just joined the Gainesville Housing Authority as its Webmaster.

The public's vote will help DNR choose four new tags - two benefiting the Nongame Wildlife Conservation Fund, and one each for the Bobwhite Quail Initiative and trout management. A share of tag proceeds benefits the Nongame Conservation Section, Bobwhite Quail Initiative and the Trout Stocking program of the Fisheries Management Section. DNR says the wildlife plates program supports conservation work, such as helping purchase critical natural areas and monitoring rare native animals and plants, restoring quality habitat to stem declines in bobwhite quail populations, and enhancing trout restoration and recreational fishing opportunities.

The online voting voting will end Sept. 15 at the website listed below.
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