The Discover Pass, which provides holders access to state recreation lands, will have a new look in 2015.
The design, which features a green nature scene background, will help differentiate the pass from the yellow hangtag and paper vehicle access pass issued by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.
The new pass will be printed in full color on durable synthetic paper. It will be issued beginning this month through the Department of Licensing and State Parks websites. Passes also are sold at 28 state parks. The new passes for those locations will be shipped this month.
The new passes will be available at more than 600 retail outlets statewide in February.
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The paper is tear resistant and will not curl or fade over the course of the year. It also is recyclable.
For the state, the new pass has a benefit. It is cheaper to produce than the current passes printed on Tyvek.
The pass is required when using recreation lands and water-access sites managed by Washington State Parks, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife and the state Department of Natural Resources. These lands include more than 100 state parks, almost 700 water-access points, heritage sites, more than 110 wildlife and natural areas, Natural Resources and Fish and Wildlife campgrounds, trails and trailheads and all-DNR managed uplands.
The pass also can be transferred between two vehicles.