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Rebecca Gourley, WNPA

SIGN OF THE TIMES: Tom Pew, park manager for the area around Olympia, adjusts a Discover Pass sign at Millersylvania State Park.

Rebecca Gourley, WNPA Olympia News Service

Discover Pass revenue is going up, but not fast enough. With the general fund money gap, it's hard to keep parks open. But they are managing by trying to promote the pass program and reduce staff.

Three years after Washington's Discover Pass program was implemented, revenue from sales of the pass continues to grow.

The pass, which is a user fee for vehicle entry into public lands such as state parks and natural resource lands, brought in an average of $13 million a year during its first two years. But during the fiscal year ending in June 2013, the pass program brought in $16.8 million-an increase of about 29 percent.

Despite the growth in reven...

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