Minnesota’s newest “critical habitat” license plate is now available, and features a ring-necked pheasant. Since 1995, sales of the critical habitat license plates have helped generate more than $34-million. The DNR’s Lori Naumann says those funds are used to purchase land to be primarily used for public hunting and other recreational purposes. She says: “We’re very excited about this. This is the newest design and it’s the first new design we have had since 2009. It is very colorful and it is meant to emphasize the department’s interest in grassland habitat and the pheasant itself.” Naumann said the plates require a minimum donation of at least $30 each year, plus the cost of the plate. They are available at any licensed registrar or department of motor vehicles office.