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Loggers Want Special License Plate

It won’t say “This car supported by timber dollars,” but state loggers hope to see more support of their industry through a special motor vehicle license plate.

If approved, the timber plate will be the 52nd special plate in Idaho, according to the state Transportation Department.

In addition to its stock “Famous Potatoes” tag, the state has its Centennial plate, personalized plates, a street rod plate, an amateur radio plate and the recently minted wildlife plate featuring a mountain bluebird, the state bird.

The timber plate “celebrates the Gem State’s natural resource heritage by commemorating the unique place timber holds in the cultural and economic history of Idaho,” according to a bill sponsored by Judi Danielson, R-Council.

The timber plate idea was launched by the Associated Logging Contractors and should interest “anybody who has an interest in reforestation, even if you don’t support the timber industry,” said the 640-member association’s H.W. “Skip” White.

It would cost $35 to purchase a plate and $25 to re-register it, with $10 from each payment going to the Department of Lands to reforest areas ravaged by wildfire.

White said no slogan is planned for the plate, which would depict a tree. The artwork is pending, but trees under consideration are the white pine, some sort of fir or yellow pine.

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