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Article Published: Dec. 22, 2011 | Modified: Dec. 22, 2011
Design approved for MST license plate

Almost 1,200 people voted to help Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail select a design for a special license plate celebrating North Carolina’s state trail.

Now, supporters must meet a deadline before the plates will begin appearing on vehicles.

The state will not start printing the plate unless it receives 300 applications by July 2013. Each plate will cost $30 above that of a standard plate, with $20 being returned to the Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail to build, protect and promote the trail.

Supporters can order a license plate at To view the plate, visit the same web address.

“The plate is a rare opportunity for individuals and families to be part of a statewide effort to build an outdoor recreation legacy for future generations,” said Kate Dixon, FMST executive director. “We hope people will put applying for a MST license plate on their new year’s resolution list.”

The nonprofit organization asked the N.C. General Assembly for an MST license plate and received approval earlier this year.

The FMST then asked the public to pick from five alternatives for the license plate design. Dixon said the final design was the overwhelming favorite.

The Mountains-to-Sea Trail stretches 1,000 miles from the Great Smoky Mountains to the Outer Banks. North Carolina Land for Tomorrow declared the trail one of the state’s great natural wonders. Each year hundreds of volunteers build and maintain the trail.

To encourage people to submit their applications now, REI, Mast General Store and Great Outdoor Provision Co. have each donated a $100 gift card to be given to someone who sends in a completed application for a plate by Dec. 31, 2011.

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