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Hey, COOLMOM and SMRTGY: UCANHLP!

Posted by bchristensen at Nov 06, 2013 03:30 PM |

Forty years ago, on a day much like today, a Washington resident who cared about the state's land and animals headed into a voting booth with a plan in mind: join 613,000 others to help wildlife. Her forward-thinking vote that day created an innovative way for almost everyone in the state to help wildlife.

Hey, COOLMOM and SMRTGY: UCANHLP!

People with personalized license plates have been helping non-game wildlife in Washington for 40 years. This year, they do even more for wolves!

Forty years ago, on a day much like today, a Washington resident who cared about the state's land and animals headed into a voting booth with a plan in mind: join 613,000 others to help wildlife. Her forward-thinking vote that day created an innovative way for almost everyone in the state to help wildlife.

They could help, not by picking up a shovel or buying a hunting tag, but by letting the world know they are a COOLDAD or GROOVY.

That vote in 1973 allowed car owners to pick their own Personalized License Plates. The license plate fees that the state has collected for four decades have added up to millions to maintain and restore healthy ecosystems, recover threatened and endangered species, conduct valuable research, and secure habitat. 

It's a great way to choose to help fund important work: you can too! Get your own Personalized License Plates.

Year 40, wolves get help

Just in time for the 40th anniversary, new legislation passed this year to help Washington's newest wild residents: wolves. An additional $10 fee for personalizing your plates will fund wolf monitoring and reduce conflicts between wolves and livestock. This is expected to raise more than $1 million per year--without raising taxes--to fund WDFW using proven methods to reduce conflicts with large carnivores, from range riders to changes in range management, carcass removal programs, and special tools like fladry.

Mitch models the new PLPsPersonalized Prius

Our Prius can be seen all over the state, packed with dedicated staff members working to help wildlife and wildlands. The car is often a necessity in our on-the-ground work, so this month was a great time for it to help wildlife, too!

After a rousing "name our plate" contest, our new wolf-friendly Personalized License Plate declares what we're out there working for:  WILD NW!

We're pretty stoked to have every person who pulls up behind our little blue Toyota get a reminder that healthy ecosystems, abundant wildlife, and pure wildness are worth protecting.

I wonder what that wildlife-loving voter 40 years ago chose as her personalized plate, to protect wildlife. What will you chose?

Get your own plate today!

Learn more about Personalized License Plates

WDFW press release on the 40th anniversary of PLPs

 

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