New Hampshire’s ‘Moose Plate’ reaches $20 million lifetime sales mark

New Hampshire’s popular Conservation and Heritage License Plate — nicknamed the “Moose Plate” — reached a sales milestone in the recently ended fiscal year. Over the program’s lifetime, more than $20 million has been raised through sales of new plates and renewals.

Funds from Moose Plate sales support a wide variety of conservation and preservation programs, including planting wild flowers along New Hampshire highways, studying threatened plant and animal species, securing conservation easements and preserving publicly owned historic properties.

Every dollar raised through the sales of Moose Plates goes directly to supporting designated programs in New Hampshire.

Fourth grade students from Holderness Central School started the idea for the Moose Plate program in 1993. Legislation establishing the program passed in 1998 and the first plates were sold in December 2000.

The standard issue Moose Plate includes a “C” for “Conservation” and an “H” for “Heritage,” New Hampshire’s motto “Live Free or Die” and an illustrated moose designed by Granite State artist Jim Collins.

Moose Plates may be purchased at city and town clerks’ offices when registering a car or truck. The annual cost for a Moose Plate is $30; the first year requires a standard $8 plate purchase fee. Vanity Moose Plates and combination Moose/NH State Parks plates are also available for additional charges.

More information about the Moose Plate program is available at mooseplate.com, Facebook and Twitter.