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Newly available cardinal license plates support wildlife diversity

(January 24, 2017) — A license plate can reveal a lot about a driver’s personality. With the introduction of a redesigned cardinal plate, yours can demonstrate a commitment to wildlife diversity.

In celebration of the well-known red cardinal Ohio license plate’s 20th anniversary, the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles has released the new edition for $25 in addition to the yearly vehicle registration fee. A total of $15 will go toward the Ohio Department of Natural Resource’s Division of Wildlife Diversity Fund.

The Wildlife Diversity Fund’s efforts include reintroducing native Ohio species, including river otters and ospreys, as well as increasing numbers of rare species such as bald eagles, brook trout, lake sturgeon and freshwater mussels. It also partners with state zoos to create educational displays and exhibits.

License plate sales really do help: Since 1997, wildlife plates have generated more than $13 million for statewide conservation projects. The new design features artwork from original cardinal artist and Cincinnati native John A. Ruthven.

“When they asked me to paint a new cardinal, I was delighted,’” Ruthven said in a release.

“I’m very proud to be involved with this project. This whole thing blends together well for a lifelong experience with Ohio and the outdoors.”

Wildlife conservation plates can be registered for passenger vehicles, noncommercial trucks, motorhomes and trailers.