<img class="aligncenter wp-image-53758 size-full" src="https:\/\/theenterprise.net\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/23\/2021\/06\/Newspecialty.jpg" alt="" width="965" height="531" \/>\r\n\r\n<hr \/>\r\n\r\n<strong>Blue Ridge Parkway fans in Virginia can preorder a new specialty license plate to support enhancement projects and outreach and educational programs within the country\u2019s most visited national park unit.\u00a0<\/strong>\r\n\r\nThe Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation specialty license plate fee for vehicles or motorcycles is $25 annually for a standard plate and $35 annually for a personalized plate. A portion of proceeds from each sale will support the nonprofit\u2019s mission to protect and preserve the 469-mile scenic route. The Foundation also offers a North Carolina specialty license plate to benefit the Parkway.\r\n\r\n\u201cNorth Carolina\u2019s Blue Ridge Parkway plate provides more than half a million dollars each year for Parkway improvements, programs, and renovations,\u201d said Roanoke attorney Broaddus Fitzpatrick, a former chair of the Foundation\u2019s board of trustees. \u201cVirginia has a chance to catch up in funding with the proposed new plate.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe Foundation must secure 450 preorder applications for the plate to become an official offering of the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles.\r\n\r\n\u201cNo other specialty plate in Virginia provides dedicated funding for the Parkway,\u201d said retired journalist Jack Betts of Meadows of Dan, also a former board chair. \u201cThis new plate is gorgeous and would give Virginians across the commonwealth a way to make an annual impact on what many call \u2018America\u2019s Favorite Drive.\u2019\u201d\r\n\r\nThe proposed plate features a scene of the motor road winding through a nature setting with the Blue Ridge Mountains in the distance.\r\n\r\nEach year, the Blue Ridge Parkway welcomes more visitors than the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, and Yosemite national parks combined. In 2020, more than 14 million people explored the Parkway. Yet without entrance fees, it receives a fraction of the funding of other parks. Through contributions to the Foundation, individual donors provide much-needed financial support for natural resource protection, enhanced visitor amenities, historical and cultural preservation, and education and outreach programs.\r\n\r\n\u201cI am thrilled that we can offer this new and easy way for Virginians to support and share their love for the Blue Ridge Parkway,\u201d said Foundation CEO Carolyn Ward, a native of Southwest Virginia.\r\n\r\nAs the nonprofit fundraising partner of the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Foundation has contributed $18 million for projects and programs in the park since its start in 1997. Past donor-funded projects in Virginia include the rehabilitation of historical Mabry Mill and Humpback Rocks Farm, creation of the Parkway\u2019s first ADA-compliant trail at the Peaks of Otter, a survey of biological diversity at Rock Castle Gorge, and ongoing programming at the Blue Ridge Music Center.\r\n\r\nTo preorder the plate, visit <a href="https:\/\/www.brpfoundation.org\/get-plate">GetThePlate.org<\/a>.