(Wyoming Game and Fish Department)

CASPER, Wyo. — Governor Mark Gordon’s office said on Thursday that drivers helped meet the governor’s challenge by purchasing at least 2,020 Wyoming Conservation License Plates in 2020.

Over the last two years, more than $300,000 has been raised through conservation license plate purchases. The funding goes toward projects to improve roadways in Wyoming and help reduce vehicle collisions with wildlife.

“Thank you to the thousands of people, businesses and organizations who purchased the Wyoming Conservation License Plate and helped fulfill this challenge,” Gordon said. “We share the roads in Wyoming with our abundant wildlife, and the funds generated from the sales of the plate serves as a basis for projects that can prevent crashes with over 6,000 big game annually.”

Gordon’s office said that 44 Wyoming businesses helped support the challenge by offering discounts to drivers who have purchased a conservation license plate. Some organizations also purchased license plates for their fleets.

“Many businesses and organizations took the extra step to outfit their vehicle fleets with this plate and show their dedication to this cause, and I am very appreciative of those efforts as well,” Gordon said.

The conservation plates are a specialty plate that have an initial cost of $180 and a $50 annual retention fee.

“The funds, along with other donations, will be used to support Wildlife Crossing initiative projects throughout the state,” Gordon’s office said. “Planning and research for these projects are led by Game and Fish and WYDOT. Currently, there is a list of 240 projects throughout the state that will improve roadway safety. Learn more on the Wildlife Crossing webpage.