New California license plate features redwoods, needs 7,500 orders by May

By PAUL ROGERS / San Jose Mercury News

California’s spectacular state parks system — which ranges from statuesque redwoods to vast deserts and sweeping beaches — has hit some rough patches over the past five years with threatened parks closures, budget problems and even a famous drive-through giant sequoia tree falling down this winter in heavy storms.

But parks lovers are trying to inject some new visibility and money into the venerable system of 280 parks with a proposed commemorative license plate.

For the state Department of Motor Vehicles to begin producing the plate, which features an image of a redwood forest, it needs 7,500 pre-paid orders by May 18. As of Sunday afternoon, it had only 647, and environmental groups are ramping up efforts to sell as many as they can in the next two months. Read More:

Photo Credit: Della Huff