WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
NEWS RELEASE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

October 04, 2004
Contact: Mike O'Malley, (360) 902-2377;
Or: Mick Cope (360) 902-2691

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Three new wildlife-themed license plate backgrounds added to proposed list

OLYMPIA - Images of a killer whale, salmon and Dungeness crab have been added to wildlife-themed license plate backgrounds proposed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

The agency is developing a series of license plates with nine different wildlife-themed backgrounds using eagle, elk, deer, pheasant, bear, waterfowl, killer whale, salmon and Dungeness crab images.

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

WDFW must submit at least 2,000 valid signatures to the Washington State Special License Plate Review Board from potentially interested patrons for each of the nine plate designs before plates can be made available.

The board's recommendation would be submitted to the Washington State Legislature as a bill for deliberation and possible adoption into law. The deadline for signatures is Nov. 19. The eagle and elk designs have already surpassed the goal of 2,000 signatures.

Designs and signature sheets are available on the WDFW website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/license_plates/index.htm on the Internet for downloading and printing. Signature sheets are also available at WDFW regional offices.

Signing the form is not an obligation to buy a plate. Individuals can sign for more than one plate design and could purchase one for each car, motorcycle or travel trailer owned. The proposed price of the special background plates is $40 for new, and $30 for renewals, in addition to the regular license fees.