June 23, 2011
A pass required to access state parks and recreation lands by vehicle is now available for
purchase online and at recreational license dealers. Public lands managers say the 30 dollar pass is a good deal .
But some dealers say the so-called Discover Pass program is causing a lot of confusion for sportsmen . . . Steve
Hair reports . .
the Discover Pass is required for vehicle access starting July 1st to recreation lands and
water-access sites managed by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, the Washington State
Department of Natural Resources and the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife. The annual 30-dollar pass was
approved by the legislature as a cost-cutting tool to help wean the parks off the State’s general fund budget.
Hunters and anglers have complained that it’s difficult to know where the Discover Passes are required because
of the checker-board nature of the public lands managed by the state and Feds.
DNR spokesman, Bryan Flint says
the department is aware of the problem . .
Flint added that officers will initiate a public education campaign
to help visitors understand how the program works. But erguson says sales of the Discover Pass, which started last
week, have been slow .
The Discover Pass will also be available for sale after July first at State Department
of Licensing offices. The penalty for failing to display the pass is $99.