August 11, 2015
MADISON - Motorists have until Monday, Aug. 17, to order a specialty badger license plate before it is retired to make way for a new eagle design unveiled last week by the Department of Natural Resources and Department of Transportation.
Motorists who currently have the badger plate can continue to display it on their car, but no new plates will be sold after Aug. 17. Beginning Aug. 18, motorists can choose between a new eagle pate design or the wolf plate design, offered since 1995.
"If your Endangered Resources badger design plates are in good condition, you may continue to use them as long as you pay the annual registration and donation fees and both plates are legible," said Jeremy Krueger, license plate and postal supervisor with WisDOT.
Under state law, only two Endangered Resources specialty plate designs can be sold at the same time to raise money for Wisconsin's rare species and natural areas.
"DNR wanted to create a new design to highlight the bald eagle's recovery in Wisconsin and nationally through the actions of citizens and natural resource professionals," said Owen Boyle, species management section chief for DNR's Natural Heritage Conservation program. "Bald eagle populations are at record levels here, and they were removed from the federal endangered species list in 2007. Donations from the sale of Endangered Resources plates are very important to support the work we do with partners and citizens to help protect and restore native plants and animals and natural areas."
Applications are now being accepted for the eagle license plates, which the DMV will begin to issue Sept. 1. The order form is now available online (exit DNR) and at Department of Motor Vehicles office locations.
A $25 annual donation to the Endangered Resources Fund is included with the purchase of an eagle or wolf plate - this is a critical source of funding for Natural Heritage Conservation staff and partners in efforts to protect and restore rare plants and animals and unique natural areas.
Endangered Resources specialty plates can be purchased at any time; motorists do not need to wait for a registration renewal notice. To learn more about Wisconsin's new eagle license plate, search the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov, for keywords "eagle plate."
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Owen Boyle, Species Management section chief, 414-750-3198