WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
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December 13, 2004
Contact: Mike O'Malley, (360) 902-2377

Wildlife-themed license plate designs go to Legislature

OLYMPIA - Five new license-plate designs featuring images of Washington wildlife have met state signature requirements for consideration by the 2005 Legislature, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced today.

The special license-plate backgrounds, developed by the WDFW to help raise funds for department programs, incorporate images of an eagle, a killer whale, a bear, an elk and a deer.

All five designs will be forwarded to the Legislature by the Washington State Special License Plate Review Board, which endorsed WDFW's application last week along with the 2,000 signatures required for each submission.

"Gathering the signatures actually wasn't that hard," said Mike O'Malley, manager of WDFW's watchable wildlife Program. "A lot of people in our state are oriented toward the outdoors and welcomed the idea of a license-plate design that focuses on Northwest wildlife."

If approved by the Legislature, the special wildlife-themed license plates could be available by Jan. 1, 2006, O'Malley said. The proposed price is $40 for new plates and $30 for renewals, in addition to the regular licensing and registration fees.

Proceeds from sales of the plates would support a wide range of WDFW-related programs, including endangered species recovery, habitat enhancement, wildlife viewing, recreational access and other management activities associated with the state's natural resources.