A sample of the new "Virginia Loves Trees" license plate that could be available soon in the state.
Virginia loses about 16,000 acres of forest every year, according to the Virginia Department of Forestry. So a group of arbor advocates hope a new license plate with the words "Virginia Loves Trees" will raise awareness of trees' significance.
A total of $15 from each $25 plate will go to the sponsoring organizations, which include Virginia Tech and Trees Virginia.
The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles requires 450 plates to be pre-sold before it puts new plates into production.