JULY 5, 2017
Bison license plates are now in production!
Would you like to order one? Visit your local tag agency or complete a pdf form on the Oklahoma Tax Commission's (OTC) web site. Click here to download the OTC pdf form. Please allow 8-12 weeks for production and delivery. You will receive your plate via mail from the OTC.
The initial registration fee is $38 and annual renewal fee is $36.50. A portion of the initial registration fee and annual renewal fee ($20) will benefit The Nature Conservancy's conservation efforts in Oklahoma.
Did you pre-order a bison license plate? Pre-orders are currently being processed by the OTC. You should receive your plate in the mail this summer from the OTC. Please allow 8 weeks or so for production.
Once you receive your plate, feel free to take a photo of it on your vehicle and send it to us! We'll be showing off bison plate pride via our communications channels. Send to: firstname.lastname@example.org or post on our Facebook page at facebook.com/nature.ok or tag us on Twitter @nature_ok.
“We are thrilled to announce that the bison license plates are officially in production," said Mike Fuhr, State Director for The Nature Conservancy of Oklahoma. “It took longer than we anticipated to get the plates into production and we are grateful to our fellow Oklahomans who pre-ordered for their support and patience. This may be the only time we say this, but we are eager to soon see bison roaming the streets of Oklahoma!”
The Nature Conservancy began accepting pre-orders for a bison-themed special interest plate on November 1, 2016. Within less than two months, the Conservancy collected the required 500 pre-orders. The goal was reached on December 29, 2016 and pre-orders were accepted until February 1 with a total of more than 1,200 collected.
Nearly 15,000 Oklahomans voted for their favorite of eight bison-themed license plate designs in an online contest in September. With 3,405 votes, the “Pioneers of the Prairie” design by Chris Miller at Cubic Creative in Tulsa was the winning design selected by the public for a new Oklahoma specialty license plate benefiting The Nature Conservancy of Oklahoma.
Two hooves up for the Oklahoma Conservation Commission who volunteered to be our state agency host and help funnel the proceeds from plate sales to our cause. It takes a village and we are furever grateful!
P.S. You may notice a slight change in the plate design. The background is now a solid gradient versus solid lines. This change was made to resolve some contrast issues with the output of the plate printer. It's a different ballgame than printing on paper. We hope this does not upset you and are even more hopeful you don't even notice. It's all about the bison right?!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
I pre-ordered a bison license plate. When can I expect to receive my plate?
All pre-orders are now being submitted to the Oklahoma Tax Commission (OTC) for processing and production. Please expect to receive your plate this summer from OTC.
Where can I order a bison license plate?
The bison license plate is now available to order at tag agencies statewide or via the OTC web site. Click here to download the OTC form. Please allow up to 8 weeks for production. You will receive your plate in the mail from the OTC.
Is the $38 fee a one-time or annual fee?
Just like all plates, you have to renew them annually. The initial fee for the bison license plate is $38 and the annual renewal fee is $36.50. A portion of the fee ($20) will benefit The Nature Conservancy's conservation efforts in Oklahoma. No matter how long you sport the plate, your support is greatly appreciated!
Will I still have to get the new state license plate with the scissortail bird on it and pay the $5 fee?
This is quite the hot topic. The answer is… yes. Whether or not you have a special interest plate such as the bison license plate, you will get the new state license plate with the scissortail bird. And yes, you will still have to pay the state-mandated new plate fee of $5. Wish we could be of help here, but that situation is out of our control.
Will The Nature Conservancy continue to benefit from my annual renewal fees?
Absolutely! Each time you renew, you can sigh a breath of relief knowing you are supporting the conservation of Oklahoma’s majestic prairies, scenic rivers and native wildlife. A portion of each renewal fee ($20) will benefit The Nature Conservancy. Let us go ahead and thank you for your continued support. We hope the bison license plate brings a smile to your face day after day, year after year.
The OTC form says a portion of the fees will be deposited to the Oklahoma Conservation Commission (OCC). Isn’t The Nature Conservancy benefiting from these plates?
Great question! Yes, The Nature Conservancy is benefiting from the proceeds of the plates ($20/each). However, the state requires the funds be funneled through a state agency before reaching us. Our kind friends at the OCC volunteered to help us out. Thank you OCC!
Is the contribution tax-deductible?
You may be able to deduct this from your personal income taxes. You can consult with your tax adviser or review the IRS regulations that apply to your situation to determine whether or not a deduction is allowed.
How will The Nature Conservancy use the funding generated from the sales of this plate?
This is by far our favorite question! Thank you for asking. The funds will directly benefit the conservation of Oklahoma’s magnificent landscapes and unique biodiversity. We will receive the funds generated from the bison license plates sales annually around December/January. At that time, we will select one of our conservation projects here in Oklahoma to receive the funds. How will you know what those projects are year to year? You guessed it, hop online and visit nature.org/okbison. Or better yet, let’s get social – follow us at: facebook.com/nature.ok or twitter.com/nature_ok.
Who designed this stellar plate?
Hats off to the talented Chris Miller at Cubic Creative for creating this winning design. We want to extend a special thank you to the four design firms that helped make this project possible. Thank you Cubic Creative, Staplegun, The Lowe Group and Clover Partners for donating your time and energy to produce the original designs in the contest.
Why did the plate background change from the original design?
You may notice a slight change in the plate design. The background is now a solid gradient versus solid lines. This change was made to resolve some contrast issues with the output of the plate printer. It's a different ballgame than printing on paper. We hope this does not upset you and are even more hopeful you don't even notice. It's all about the bison right?!
But wait… don’t go. How do I stay in touch with The Nature Conservancy?
You’re stealing our hearts. We thought you’d never ask. We mail communications such as our annual report, field trip invitations and spring newsletter to our members. Become a member and you’ll also get quarterly magazines informing you of our work worldwide. You can join by donating online or calling us at 918-585-1117. Another option is to sign up for our monthly e-newsletters in the form above. We’ll keep your inbox good company and deliver you updates about our work to conserve Oklahoma’s last great places! Or if you happen to be socially inclined, become our virtual friend at facebook.com/nature.ok or twitter.com/nature_ok.
Because bison play a crucial role in maintaining grasslands, The Nature Conservancy manages 13 herds throughout North America including a herd of 2,500 at the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve near Pawhuska.
Great herds of bison once roamed the prairies of our nation, including Oklahoma. And during this time of celebrating bison as our newly-designated national mammal, we felt this would be a great opportunity to generate awareness about the important role bison play in maintaining Oklahoma’s native prairies.
ONLINE DESIGN CONTEST
Voting for the contest was held online August 24 - September 7, 2016. Below are each of the designs in the original contest.
|Design A - by Cubic Creative - WINNING DESIGN ||Design B - by Clover Partners - SECOND PLACE |
|Design C - by Staplegun ||Design D - by The Lowe Group |
|Design E - by Cubic Creative ||Design F - by Clover Partners |
|Design G - by Staplegun ||Design H - by The Lowe Group |
HAVE YOU HERD?
The Conservancy is working towards reintroducing a bison herd to the Arbuckle Plains at Oka’ Yanahli Preserve! Learn more about this big bison news!