New wildlife license plates featuring a native brook trout and an Eastern bluebird are now available to West Virginia motorists. The plates are a joint offering by the Division of Natural Resources (DNR) and Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
Previous wildlife license plates have featured a rose-breasted grosbeak, a white-tailed deer buck, and a black bear with a cub. All have been popular with car owners in West Virginia.
“The wildlife plates are a wonderful opportunity for West Virginians to showcase their pride in our state’s wildlife,” said Scott Warner, DNR Wildlife Diversity Program assistant chief.
The license plates are more than just decorative. In 1996, West Virginia voters approved a constitutional amendment which earmarked a portion of the proceeds from the wildlife license plate sales to fund West Virginia’s Wildlife Diversity Program.
The cost of each plate is $55 for the first year, with renewal costs for subsequent years at $45. Fifteen dollars of each purchase go toward the DNR Wildlife Diversity Program to help conserve the state’s nongame animal species and rare plants, provide educational materials to schools and libraries, develop wildlife viewing areas, and support other programs designed to educate the public about the state’s wildlife resources.
source: West Virginia Division of Natural Resources