The Clark County Desert Conservation Program’s “Desert Tortoise” license plate is now available at
Nevada Department of Motor Vehicle offices across the state. Proceeds from the sale of this plate
will support conservation measures of the Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan (MSHCP) and
promote public education about conservation of desert tortoises.
The Clark County Desert Conservation Program, through implementation of the MSHCP, conducts actions
to ensure survivability of covered species in the wild. These actions include research, acquisition
of sensitive habitats, habitat restoration, public information and education, the Wild Desert
Tortoise Assistance Line, and installation and maintenance of fencing along roadways to reduce
tortoise mortality. The Desert Conservation Program uses the proceeds from the sale of the desert
tortoise license plate to continue funding conservation actions and research projects that benefit
desert tortoises and their habitat.
Proceeds from the sale of the “Desert Tortoise” license plate will also benefit the Mojave Max
Education Program. The Mojave Max Education Program was created in 2000 in an effort to spread the
message of conservation to children through Mojave Max assemblies and individual classroom programs
that reach an average of 5,000 students per year. The assemblies include appearances by a tortoise
educator who discusses desert tortoise biology, life cycle of the desert tortoise, and general
facts about desert tortoises; a weather educator who discusses Mojave Desert weather, which plays
an important part in Mojave Max’s emergence; and the costumed Mojave Max mascot.
This license plate provides an opportunity for Nevada residents to contribute to conservation of
desert tortoises and to show you respect, protect and enjoy our desert. To learn more about
ordering a “Desert Tortoise” license plate, visit the Nevada Charitable & Collegiate Plates section
of the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicle website.