The state is partnering with a private conservation organization to raise funds to study why Minnesota's moose population has dramatically declined in recent years and how that trend could be reversed.
A portion of proceeds from sales or sponsorships of one of Minnesota's most recognized wildlife artists, Les Kouba, will be directed to moose research. Kouba was a devoted conservationist who died in 1998 and donated original works and prints to conservation groups to raise money

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has also released a new "critical habitat" license plate designed to provide funds to conservation efforts statewide. Sales of the new moose plate started Aug. 1. A Kouba painting of a moose is featured on the new plate. The revenue from the license plates goes to the state's Reinvest in Minnesota (RIM) program which funds land acquisition and nongame research. It will not be used for moose research and management.

Motorists who purchase a critical habitat plate make a minimum annual contribution of $30 to the RIM program. Every dollar generated through the sale of the license plate is matched with private donations of cash or land.


Minnesota DNR

Information about the program is available on the DNR website.