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Old 05-12-2011, 03:24 PM
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Exclamation Hot off the Press - Discussion on Discover Pass

I am adding this here as well to give you all a chance for comment. If you have questions ask them.. if I know them I will answer otherwise I will ask.

Lots still to be worked out and more to come

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Old 05-12-2011, 03:32 PM
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Press Release! Governor signs Discover Pass into law
Official logo and website launched; pass to take effect July 1, 2011

OLYMPIA – Flanked by recreation enthusiasts, Governor Chris Gregoire today signed legislation that will keep state park and recreation lands open with revenue from a vehicle access pass known as the Discover Pass.

“It is essential that we keep our recreation areas open to the public,” said Governor Gregoire. “I applaud the Legislature for coming together with a solution that allows us to help keep our state recreation lands open and accessible during the worst budget crisis in the state’s history.”

The Discover Pass will be required as of July 1 for vehicle access to recreation lands and water-access sites managed by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), and Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The pass — which will be available for sale in mid-June — will cost $30 a year per vehicle or $10 for a day-use pass. State recreation lands include state parks, boat launches, campgrounds, heritage sites, wildlife and natural areas, trails and trailheads.

Holders of certain types of fishing and hunting licenses, registered campers in state parks and other users are exempt from some Discover Pass requirements. For details, visit www.discoverpass.wa.gov.

Once available, the Discover Pass can be purchased at one of nearly 600 sporting goods or other retail stores that sell hunting and fishing licenses. It will also be available for purchase online or by calling toll free 1-866-320-9933. Beginning next fall, the public will be able to purchase a pass when renewing a vehicle license through the Washington State Department of Licensing. The Discover Pass or day-use pass must be visibly displayed in the front windshield of any motor vehicle.

Revenue from the Discover Pass will fill budget gaps created by the loss of State General Fund support for parks and recreation on state lands. Revenue will be split among the three state agencies that provide recreational access to state lands in proportion to their need for general fund replacement: 84 percent to State Parks; 8 percent to WDFW; and 8 percent to DNR.State Parks, WDFW, and DNR jointly requested legislation that led to the creation of the Discover Pass, intended to provide revenue to maintain recreation access to state lands and meet the increasing demand for outdoor recreation. The legislation was sponsored by Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-San Juan Islands, who conducted stakeholder work and coordinated with other legislators. In addition to providing a stable source of revenue, the legislation provides reciprocal authority for law enforcement staff from each agency, which will improve public safety and help protect state resources.
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Old 05-12-2011, 08:09 PM
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Still hearing a lot of discussion on other forums about what constitutes a vehicle. Are ORV tabbed rigs like quads and buggies required to have the pass or is it only street legal ones? Also do I need one for my tow rig and one for my jeep that came on the trailer but is still street legal (license plates) ?
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Old 05-12-2011, 10:21 PM
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The site is now active & it looks like anything with an ORV sticker is exempt!

http://www.discoverpass.wa.gov/

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Q. Do I need to purchase a Discover Pass for my off-road vehicle (ORV)?
A. See below…

ORVs – No. ORVs that are required to display an ORV tab will not be required to have a Discover Pass. Generally, ORVs are non-street legal vehicles such as quads, some dirt bikes and some four-wheel-drive passenger vehicles.
Trailers – No. Trailers do not need an access pass.
Vehicles – Yes. The vehicle that transports a trailer with ORVs will need an access pass. Street-licensed vehicles, such as a dual-sport motorcycle or four-wheel-drive vehicles, will be required to display a pass.
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Also do I need one for my tow rig and one for my jeep that came on the trailer but is still street legal (license plates) ?
Yes you do...

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Q. Can we just purchase one Discover Pass and share it among our vehicles?
A. No. You will need the Discover Pass for each street-legal vehicle you intend to use to access state land.
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Old 05-13-2011, 03:09 PM
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So I feel comfortable now knowing what vehicles need this pass, I'm just not sure where I need this pass. Do we need it for say Naches/Manashtash, Rimrock or is it just on state lands like Tahuya and Elbe?
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So I feel comfortable now knowing what vehicles need this pass, I'm just not sure where I need this pass. Do we need it for say Naches/Manashtash, Rimrock or is it just on state lands like Tahuya and Elbe?
Only on state owned land...like Tahuya, Elbe, Walker, Reiter, Sadie Creek, etc.

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Q. Where will I need a Discover Pass?
A. The pass provides access to state recreation lands and water access sites managed by Washington State Parks (State Parks), Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR). These lands include state parks, water access points, heritage sites, wildlife and natural areas, trails and trailheads.
Naches, Manastash, Evan's Creek & Rimrock are all Forest Service land.
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Naches, Manastash, Evan's Creek & Rimrock are all Forest Service land.
Please note to wheel Evans you need a Northwest Forest Pass. Manastash, Rimrock, Naches and other Forest Service areas you may also need a Northwest Forest Pass. Those areas are generally posted as to whether the pass is required.

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http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/passespermits/

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So would I need both passes or does this new one trump the nwfp?
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Old 05-16-2011, 07:53 PM
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So would I need both passes or does this new one trump the nwfp?
Yes you will need both. One is for state lands and one is for federal lands.

I'm wondering if I can just by ORV tabs to go with my collector vehicle plates. at least that way its more likely that the funds go where we want them to.
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