Ditto, Jerrybob, Ditto.
There are thousands of people depending on the state park system for jobs. In WA state, the funding for state parks was slashed years ago (and the money '''re-allocated"") in favor of a 'Discover" pass. This is a $30 annual fee you must pay if you want to use any of the State parks. At first the state was adamant...you could not transfer your pass to another vehicle! Meaning, if you wanted to drive your car to a park for day use, and then later, tow your camper with your pickup in order to camp, they wanted you to buy TWO passes. That raised a stink amongst everyone...especially when you consider that we already have the option of donating five bucks when we renew our license plate tabs. That was changed, despite much heel dragging by the legislators, to now you may transfer it to one or the other vehicle.
I have never yet seen anyone actually demand to see one's Discover Pass. Last time I saw one, it was merely a receipt like you get at the grocery store, and I suppose you stick it up in the windshield in the Yellow tag hanger. I have the disabled veteran's pass, so I don't have to buy it, but we still donate money for the parks.
In the past few years, we have seen the funding for staff at SP's cut to virtually zero. Two years ago, we stayed at Lewis and Clark Trails State Park in SE WA. The park badly needed maintenance. We talked to the camp hosts: a retired "workamping"couple who were buying toilet paper and cleaning supplies for the bathrooms out of their own pocket because the State wasn't providing it. They hadn't been 'paid' in months, nor had the one 'ranger' assigned to the Park.
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