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Washington Discover Pass sales generate almost $3 million

(Aug. 26, 2011) -- State agency chiefs announced Wednesday that the state generated $2.9 million for state parks and other public recreation lands during the initial six weeks of Discover Pass sales. The pass was required statewide July 1 and started selling in June, reports the Issaquah Press.

ISSAQUAH, Wash. — State agency chiefs announced Wednesday that the state generated $2.9 million for state parks and other public recreation lands during the initial six weeks of Discover Pass sales. The pass was required statewide July 1 and started selling in June, reports the Issaquah Press.

Don Hoch, Washington State Parks director, said the revenue is crucial to state parks, because the agency must rely on user fees and donations to cover costs.

“Public support has been essential as we begin this new program aimed at preserving public access to recreation lands,” he said in a statement. “It’s heartening that Washington citizens are willing to help keep their recreation lands open and operating. And we are optimistic that sales will continue to grow to help fund our state recreation lands.”

For the complete story from the Issaquah press, click here.

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