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The director of the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation said Friday that his agency is starting a voluntary trail pass program as part of a long-range goal to raise awareness and eventually money for non-motorized trail maintenance.
Idaho’s state parks contributed $184 million to the state’s economy in 2016, according to a new study.
The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation has received $40,000 in corporate sponsorship since getting legislative approval nearly a year ago to reach out to businesses to help offset the agency’s depleted budget.
BOISE – Idaho state parks can seek corporate sponsorships to help make up for sharply reduced state funding under legislation approved Wednesday. No state parks would be renamed under the plan, promised Rep. Elaine Smith, D-Pocatello, the bill’s House sponsor. Instead, the state parks board would seek sponsors for interpretive programs, directional signs, picnic shelters and the like.
BOISE – The good news Idaho Parks Director Nancy Merrill had for lawmakers at the department’s budget hearing last week: Idaho has sold more than 95,000 of its new parks passports in the first 12 months of sales, “bringing in over $1,077,000 – and that’s new money.” The new $10 season passes, sold with vehicle registrations, also have brought more visibility and more visitors to state parks.
BOISE – Idaho has sold more than $500,000 of new, lower-priced state parks passports in the first six months of the program, giving parks officials hope that the program will take off big and help fund the park system. “The process is a little more complicated, but I think Idahoans have been so receptive,” said Jennifer Okerlund, Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation spokeswoman. “I think sales are on track.”
Idaho's sold more than $500,000 worth of its new $10 state parks passports in the first six months of the program, and state parks officials have high hopes the low-priced passes tied to Idahoans' vehicle registrations will take off big and help fund the park system.
BOISE — The Department of Parks and Recreation is trying to find more ways for visitors to take home a piece of Idaho at park gift shops filled with sweets, soaps and other goods made in the state instead of trinkets and candies from elsewhere. Agency leaders approached the organization Buy Idaho four months ago with a plan to replace imported items at parks that have retail outlets with goods made in Idaho cities and towns.
The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation will lend life jackets to boaters, free of charge, at selected boat launches. “One of the goals of the (program) is to educate boaters on the significance of wearing the appropriate size and type of life jacket while boating,” said Kim Jackson, the department’s boating education safety coordinator.
The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation will lend life jackets to boaters, free of charge, at selected boat launches.