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Tahoe license plate program turns 20

Staff Reports

Lake Tahoe benefits from the sale of license plates in Nevada and California.

More than $8 million has been raised since the first Lake Tahoe license plates were sold in February 1998, according to the Nevada Division of State Lands.

This month marks the 20th anniversary of the plate, which has funded more than 145 preservation and restoration projects in the Lake Tahoe Basin.

There are more than 19,400 Tahoe license plates on the road in Nevada.

"The Lake Tahoe License Plate program is near and dear to my heart, as it helps further the shared mission of the Nevada Division of State Lands and its partnering agencies to preserve and protect natural resources within the basin," said former Nevada Division of State Lands administrator Pam Wilcox, who was among the first to spearhead the program. "For a number of years, it was one of the most popular specialty plates in Nevada, and it has been very rewarding to see firsthand the many benefits this program has provided to the beautiful Lake Tahoe area over the past two decades."

In the last two decades, more than 25 Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park improvements have been completed.

Projects funded directly through the program range from water quality initiatives and state park improvements, to research and monitoring studies, invasive species surveys and removal, and public education efforts.

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"Lake Tahoe is known around the world as a spectacular environmental treasure, and we want to recognize all of our partnering agencies for their dedication to bringing the program to fruition, while offering Nevada drivers the unique opportunity to be a part of the ongoing efforts to protect this iconic destination," said Nevada Division of State Lands Administrator Charlie Donohue.

Nevadans can purchase a new Tahoe license plate for $62 with an annual renewal fee of $30. To learn more, visit http://www.dmvnv.com/platescharitable.htm.

Courtesy of the "Plates for Powder" initiative, residents may receive a free Alpine or Nordic ski ticket with the purchase of a Nevada or California Lake Tahoe license plate through April 1. Visit http://www.tahoefund.org/tahoeplates/license-plate-for-powder/