Thousands of Oklahomans voted for their favorite of eight bison-themed license plate designs in a recent online contest hosted by The Nature Conservancy.

“Four local design firms including Clover Partners, Cubic Creative, The Lowe Group, and Staplegun voluntarily created the beautiful artwork for the public to vote on,” said Mike Fuhr,The Nature Conservancy of Oklahoma director. “There was one design that took the lead from the very start of voting and held its place in first through the end.”

The Nature Conservancy will submit the winning “Pioneers of the Prairie” to the Oklahoma Tax Commission. If approved, the plate will be available for pre-sale to the public for 180 days. If 500 plates are sold within that time frame, then the plate will go into production and be available at tag agencies statewide. The cost of this plate will be $38 with $20 from each plate benefiting the Conservancy’s conservation efforts in Oklahoma. The Conservancy aims to have the plate ready for pre-sale this fall.

“Great herds of bison once roamed the prairies of our nation, including Oklahoma,” said Fuhr. “And during this time of celebrating bison as our national mammal, we felt this would be a great opportunity to generate awareness about the important role bison play in maintaining Oklahoma’s native prairies.”

Because bison play a crucial role in maintaining grasslands, The Nature Conservancy manages 13 herds throughout North America including a herd of 2,500 at the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve.