Smokey Bear license plates coming August 1

Oregon has a new license plate for everyone who has always been a fan of Smokey Bear (and even for those who haven’t!)

The Keep Oregon Green Association, which focuses on preventing wildfires, partnered with the U.S. Forest Service and the Oregon Department of Forestry to create the license plate. They have been taking voucher orders since the DMV approved the sample plate last December, and the 3,000 order minimum to begin plate production was met the same month. Plates will be ready for purchase and order vouchers can be redeemed August 1.

The special plate puts 1950’s artist Rudy Wendelin’s Smokey Bear on a backdrop of Oregon’s lush forests. The release coincides with Smokey’s 75th birthday on August 9 to continue his legacy of fire prevention.

The $40 surcharge due for the plate and at each registration renewal go to the Keep Oregon Green Association, as reported by KTVZ. Custom (vanity) versions will also be available. Learn more about Keep Oregon Green at their website, https://keeporegongreen.org.