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What are your thoughts on the new state Discover Pass

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on April 22, 2011 at 12:34 pm with No Comments »
April 22, 2011 1:11 pm

It looks like folks wanting to recreate on state lands will have to purchase a new Discover Pass. Legislation creating the pass, which will cost $10 a day or $30 for a year, is awaiting the signature of Gov. Chris Gregoire.

Is the law takes effect, the pass would be required for most people wanting to recreate on lands owned or managed by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, State Parks and Recreation and state Department of Natural Resources.

Of the first $71 million generated every two years, 84 percent ($59.64 million) would go to State Parks. Eight percent ($5.68 million) would go to Fish and Wildlife and the other 8 percent would go to Natural Resources.

State Parks is getting the bulk of the funds because the budget bills proposed gut the agency’s general fund appropriations.

I am working on a story about all this and would like to hear your thoughts on the pass and legislation. Send them to me at

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