Originally Posted by gh34
I buy a hunting license and get a stewart access for WDFW land and last year i could access DNR land with it. But this year i need a discovery pass to access DNR land. And that money goes where? Probly the general fund. Or atleast most of it does. I can understand paying for an access pass if the money goes towards some seen improvements on the lands we access. Not these fancy new upgrads on camp grounds that alot of that pay for these passes dont even use. I have been buying a hunting and fishing license for about 12 years or so now and all have have seen is more gates on roads in areas i use to hunt because people dump there ****. But thats another issue. I would just like to see some the money go towards the areas we use. Not the general state fund. Or The Black Pine Lake camp ground in twisp. Last year it was all gravel. But i went by there this year while hunting, And they paved the whole thing made the camp sites bigger, add a fancy new boat launch with like about twenty or more parking spots. Mind you this lake is only 10 acers or so big. I just dont get it.
I understand what you are saying.
This is a funding issue that was requested by the governor. She wants those that play to pay. With the Discover Pass, State Parks will no longer receive any money from the General Fund. I do knot know how the 84%/8%/8% division was decided or who pushed for those percentages. I though I read somewhere that DNR was happy with their 8% share.
The State Legislature will be looking at the transferability issue. However, with the recent report that State Parks is not getting the monies they thought the Discover Pass would bring in (duh!!!), the transferability issue may be moot.
If it were me, I'd be writing the Governor about why you have to pay for those areas where you do not play.