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Funds Restore Habitat
Newsletter article—approximately 270 words
 
Salmon License Plate Funds Restore Habitat and Improve Water Quality
 
Fish are returning to their natural homes thanks to various projects restoring fish habitat and improving water quality in streams and lakes throughout Oregon with grant funding from salmon license plate revenue.
 
The Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board approves grant applications for these projects, including six in early 2006 that will restore nearly 25 miles of streams using over $350,000 from the plates.  “All these projects help maintain or increase fish populations that have been declining in these areas,” said Tom Byler, OWEB executive director.
 
Salmon plate purchasers pay an extra $30 every two years above regular passenger vehicle registration fees.  Half the fee goes to fix road-related impacts to salmon and trout streams by improving water quality, fish habitat, and fish passage through OWEB grants.  The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department invests the other half in salmon habitat and related projects in state parks.
 
In addition to the $30 extra charge, if you select the salmon plate when purchasing a vehicle, you also pay a one-time $5 plate fee. If you change to the salmon plate on the regular date of your license renewal, you pay an additional one-time $10 plate and replacement fee. If you don't want to wait until you purchase a vehicle or renew your registration, you may switch plates at any time and pay a one-time $15 plate and replacement fee. Already have a salmon plate? You may transfer it to another vehicle for a $6 fee.
 
Since the beginning of the salmon license plate program in 1997, OWEB and OPRD have each invested more than $2.5 million.
 
For more information about salmon plates, call OWEB at 503-986-0178 or visit the Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds salmon plate Web page at: www.salmonplate.org.

Plates Help Fish, Streams
Newsletter article—approximately 115 words
 
Salmon Plates Help Fish, Streams & Parks
 
Salmon license plates fund various projects throughout Oregon to benefit salmon, streams, lakes and state parks. 
 
The Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board awards half the revenue to fix road-related impacts to lakes and steams. The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department invests the other half in salmon habitat and related projects.
 
Salmon plate purchasers pay an additional $30 fee every two years plus a plate and replacement fee, which varies depending on timing.
 
Since the beginning of the salmon license plate program in 1997, OWEB and OPRD have each invested more than $2.5 million.
 
For more information about salmon plates, call OWEB at 503-986-0178 or visit the Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds salmon plate web page.