Volunteers for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation lobbied for it and their elected representatives listened and followed through.
Virginia will offer several new specialty license plates this summer, including the RMEF plate which will raise funds to benefit elk and elk country in the Old Dominion state.
In 2010, the State of Virginia Board of Game and Inland Fisheries approved a motion to establish a pilot program for the reintroduction of elk by stocking approximately 25 elk in Buchanan County in 2012, 2013 and 2014. RMEF provided both funding and volunteer manpower.
Today that number increased to more than 150 elk and is expected to exponentially increase in succeeding years.
RMEF specialty plates are available in eight other states.