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Free Days at Washington State Parks this weekend

Washington State Parks 100

OLYMPIA – Washington State Parks announces Sunday, Jan. 19 and Monday, Jan. 20 are the first of 12 “free days” in 2014 when visitors are not required to display the Discover Pass to visit a state park.

The “free days” are in keeping with legislation that created the Discover Pass, a $30 annual or $10 one-day permit required on state-managed recreation lands managed by Washington State Parks, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Department of Natural Resources. The Discover Pass legislation provided that State Parks could designate up to 12 “free days” when the pass would not be required to visit state parks. The free days apply only at state parks; the Discover Pass is still required to access DFW and DNR lands. The 2014 State Parks free days are as follows:

January 19 and 20 – in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day
• March 19 – Washington State Parks birthday
• April 19 – A spring Saturday “free day”
• April 22 – Earth Day
• May 11 – A spring Sunday “free day”
• June 7 and 8 – National Trails Day and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Free Fishing Weekend
• June 14 – National Get Outdoors Day
• August 25 – National Park Service birthday
• September 27 – National Public Lands Day
• November 11 – Veterans Day:

Discover Pass does not replace Sno-park permits required of visitors using winter recreation sites.

Stay connected to your state parks by following Washington State Parks at www.facebook.com/WashingtonStateParks, www.twitter.com/WaStatePks and www.youtube.com/WashingtonStateParks. Share your favorite state park adventure on the State Parks blog site at www.AdventureAwaits.com.

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission manages a diverse system of more than 100 state parks and recreation programs, including long-distance trails, boating safety and winter recreation. Washington State Parks turned 100 years old on March 19 and invites the public to join the celebration at events in parks all over the state, all year long. For more information, visit www.parks.wa.gov/events/.

Support state parks by purchasing your annual Discover Pass today, and enjoy a whole year of outdoor fun on Washington’s beautiful state-managed recreation lands. For more information, visit www.discoverpass.wa.gov.

Cantwell releases statement on Veterans Day

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) released the following statement honoring our nation’s veterans.

“On Veterans Day we take time to remember and honor the millions of Americans who have given so much while wearing the uniform of our nation’s armed forces. In every conflict our nation has faced, men and women have bravely stood up and fought to preserve the freedoms we hold dear. We are particularly proud of the hundreds of thousands of veterans in Washington state, who have proudly served our nation.

“Today, a new generation of veterans is coming back home. Now it’s time to honor our commitments to them. Standing up for our veterans means ensuring they get the benefits they’ve earned and the health care they require. And it means continuing workforce training initiatives so crucial to preparing veterans for civilian jobs. Because after serving our country, veterans deserve the chance to find quality employment to support themselves and their families.

“Today, and every day, we demonstrate our gratitude to those who have selflessly defended our great nation. On behalf of the state of Washington, we thank all veterans and their loved ones for the service and sacrifices they have given.”