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Oregon gray whale license plate pre-sales show promise in first week

The new Oregon license plate design comes from wildlife illustrator Pieter Folkens. He originally created the image for a poster.

The plate shows a whale cow and calf on background evoking the sea and sky.

A lighthouse is in the upper left corner. Across the bottom it reads “Coastal Playground.” (Courtesy Oregon State)

PORTLAND, Ore. – A new license plate might soon be available for Oregon drivers.

The new license plates will help fund marine mammal research at Oregon State University.

A week ago, Oregon State started selling vouchers online for $40.

Once they sell 3,000 vouchers, the Oregon DMV will begin producing the plates.

In just the past week, they've already sold 1,000 vouchers.

When the plates are ready, drivers can redeem their vouchers for a plate.

The university says 35 of the $40 license plate charge will go to OSU.

The money will support whale research, graduate student education and public outreach, according to Bruce Mate at the institute.

“Since we first announced the program in December 2016, we’ve heard a lot of enthusiastic support for the design of the plates and the concept of supporting whale conservation,” Mate said. “We hope a lot of Oregonians will embrace the phrase ‘put a whale on your tail’ and purchase license plates for their vehicles.”

The new Oregon license plate design comes from wildlife illustrator Pieter Folkens. He originally created the image for a poster.

The plate shows a whale cow and calf on background evoking the sea and sky.

A lighthouse is in the upper left corner. Across the bottom it reads “Coastal Playground.”

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