Wisconsin DNR license plate refund; sales help wildlife conservation

Endangered Resource License Plates (Courtesy of Wisconsin DNR)

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is offering a $25 discount on new purchases of the Endangered Resources License Plate through December 31, 2021.

Sales of the Endangered Resources license plate help protect rare Wisconsin species in need, such as the state’s native cave bat population. Wisconsin is home to four species of cave bats, all of which have been in steep decline since the discovery of white-nose syndrome, a fungal disease that causes significant mortality in the species, in the state in 2014.

Since 1995, sales of endangered resource license plates have played a vital role in funding MNR’s conservation work for over 400 wildlife and 300 plant species listed as endangered, threatened or of special concern. . The Wisconsin Endangered Resources Program aims to identify, protect, and manage Wisconsin’s native plants, animals, and natural communities, from the most common to the most threatened.

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Revenue from plaque sales, along with donations of tax forms and state matching funds, has accounted for as much as 40% of endangered species conservation funding in some years, and supported the recovery of bald eagles. white-headed, trumpeter swans and other species while preventing hundreds of other species from disappearing from Wisconsin. In 2020, endangered resource license plate sales raised $434,463 for endangered resource conservation.

“We want to make it more accessible to anyone who wants to help conserve Wisconsin’s rare and endangered species. The Endangered Resources License Plate Discount offer is a great opportunity to join our team of custodians,” said Drew Feldkirchner, MNR’s Director of Natural Heritage Conservation. “The $25 discount makes it easier for people to help protect Wisconsin cave bats and countless other native species in need.”

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How to buy, get a discount

The endangered resources plaque costs $40, including $15 to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) and $25 to the DNR’s endangered resources fund. After the first year of purchase, Endangered Resources license plate holders pay an annual $25 donation fee to keep their plate, and the donation is transferred from WisDOT to the DNR’s Endangered Resources Fund.

The rebate offer is available through December 31, 2021 for people purchasing new Endangered Resources license plates or for current plate holders switching from one plate design to another. License plates can be purchased at any time and there is no need to wait for registration renewal.

To purchase a new plate, complete the WisDot Endangered Resources License Plate Request Form (WisDOT Form MV2858) and download and print a $25 rebate coupon from the DNR website. Please allow up to six weeks for reimbursement checks to be processed.

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