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There's a new campaign for a specialty license plate that would generate funds to support conservation lands in the San Juan Islands. Original artwork for the design will be accepted through June 1 this year and some of those will be exhibited on Lopez, Orcas and San Juan Island. Then this summer, islanders will vote for their favorites. Part of the original concept is to have the number one plate go to the winner of the design contest. The hope is that the new plates will be available in the summer of 2018.
“So, basically a regular license plate is about $30, a specialty design license plate is about $60. And $28 of those dollars go to the organization that has financed the design of that,” said Monument Manager Marcia deChadenèdes as she briefed visitors to the offices of the relatively new San Juan Islands National Monument about the revenue plan. The Terrestrial Managers Group and Madrona Institute came up with the idea for the funding plate. The monies from which will support the many nonprofit stewardship efforts for conservation and [reservation of natural, agricultural, and historical resources throughout the islands.
State Senator Kevin Ranker is sponsoring the legislation to make the license plate initiative a reality. He represents the 40th legislative district – which includes northern Puget Sound, Bellingham, Skagit Valley, Mt. Vernon, Anacortes and the San Juan Islands. He lives on Orcas.
“This is one of those – this is mom and apple pie,” Ranker said. “This is a really good opportunity to bring some revenue in for critical projects, to protect the natural resources, which are such an important economic driver as well, because they are recreational resources.”
Portions of this article are reprinted from a KNKX.org article by Bellamy Pailthorp.