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New ways to drive "wild"

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DES MOINES (KWWL) -- The Iowa DNR is offering two new license plate options to drivers.  Both will help fund natural resources.   Lt. Governor Patty Judge revealed the new plates Saturday at the State Capitol during the Resource Enhancement and Protection Congress.

The new designs feature a brook trout and a deer.  DNR REAP coordinator, Ross Harrison, believes the options will attract two of the largest groups of outdoor enthusiasts.

The REAP program receives $35 from each $45 license plate purchase.  The Wildlife Diversity program receives the other $10.  It's $25 to renew the plates, from which the Wildlife Diversity program will receive $15, and the REAP program will benefit from the other $10.

Cedar Rapids artist Greg Bordignon designed both of the new license plates.  They join three others dedicated to natural resource programs.  The current plates generate about $1 million each year, and outsell all of Iowa's other specialty plates.

Harrison is predicting these new designs may double the current income within two years, saying, "the brook trout is Iowa's only native trout, and is the best indicator of water quality of any fish species."

The plates will be available at your county treasurer's office this spring.

Online Reporter Colleen O'Shaughnessy

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