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Discover Pass sales pick up; enforcement begins Tuesday

Washington's Discover Pass will be appearing on the dashboards of vehicles parked on Washington state lands starting in July 2011.  (Gordon King / Yakima Herald-Republic)
Washington's Discover Pass will be appearing on the dashboards of vehicles parked on Washington state lands starting in July 2011. (Gordon King / Yakima Herald-Republic)

STATE LANDS -- Employees from three Washignton state agencies will spend the Fourth of July weekend reminding people they need the pass for their vehicles, according to Virginia Painter, spokeswoman for the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission.

Enforcement of the new Discover Pass will begin Tuesday at state parks and state land managed by the Washington Department of Natural Resources. 

Vehicles already have been required to have state vehicle passes at Washington Fish and Wildlife access sites, such as Libert Lake boat launch.  There's no grace period at those sites.

At least 8,745 annual Discover Passes and 30 one-day passes had been sold as of noon Thursday.
 
Painter said an additional $550,000 came from dealers outside of the Fish and Wildlife system, who bought them to resell to customers.
 
She said total revenue from all sources so far is $813,000. The money is needed to keep state parks open and fund management of other state recreation lands, she said.



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