Fourth of July reminders: Discover Pass goes into effect July 1

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For Immediate Release
 
June 30, 2011

Fourth of July reminders: Discover Pass goes into effect
July 1; Fireworks illegal on DNR-protected lands

OLYMPIA - As people head out for the Fourth of July weekend, the
Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) wants to remind
the public that beginning July 1, a Discover Pass will be required on
vehicles accessing state trust lands managed by DNR.

In addition, DNR urges people to take precautions with fireworks and
campfires.

Discover Pass
The state's new Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to
recreation lands and water-access sites managed by the Washington State
Parks and Recreation Commission, DNR, and Washington Department of Fish
and Wildlife (WDFW). State recreation lands include state parks, boat
launches, heritage sites, wildlife and natural areas, trails, and
trailheads. For more information, visit www.discoverpass.wa.gov.

Fireworks and DNR-protected forests don't mix
Fireworks are illegal on DNR-managed lands. If you are in an area where
fireworks are allowed, please use extra caution. The same applies for
campfires. Both fireworks and campfires are major causes of wildland
fires in Washington.

"There are several major wildfires in Arizona that have destroyed homes
and were human-caused," said Peter Goldmark, Commissioner of Public
Lands. "We need people to be careful. With a little caution, we can all
enjoy a safe holiday weekend."

Campfires are permitted on DNR-managed lands in approved fire pits only.

Fire safety tips
In areas where campfires are allowed, please be conscientious and make
sure an adult is always in attendance, ensure there is a shovel and
bucket of water close by, and put the fire out cold before walking away.

Here are some helpful tips to help keep this a fun and enjoyable
weekend:

* Never leave a campfire unattended, and be sure it is completely
out before leaving the area.
* Be sure recreational vehicles have operating spark arresters.
* Do not park any vehicles in dry, grassy areas, as the heat from
exhaust systems can ignite the dry grass.

Recreation on DNR-managed lands
DNR manages 5.6 million acres of state-owned forest, aquatic,
agricultural, conservation and urban lands. Most recreation on these
lands takes place in the 2.9 million acres of forests that DNR manages
as state trust lands. By law, state trust lands are managed to produce
income for schools, universities, prisons, state mental hospitals,
community colleges, local services in many counties, and the state's
General Fund. State trust lands are also managed to provide fish and
wildlife habitat and educational and recreational opportunities.

DNR-managed lands provide 1,100 miles of trails, 143 recreation sites,
and a variety of landscapes throughout Washington State. Recreational
opportunities include hiking, hunting, fishing, horseback riding,
camping, motorized vehicle riding, mountain biking, and boating.

DNR's main recreation focus is to provide trails, trailhead facilities,
and a primitive experience in a natural setting.

DNR's wildfire mission
Administered by Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark, DNR is
responsible for preventing and fighting wildfires on 12.7 million acres
of private, state and tribal-owned forestlands in Washington. DNR is the
state's largest on-call fire department. During fire season, this
includes more than 700 DNR employees who have other permanent jobs with
the agency and about 375 seasonal workers. DNR also participates in
Washington's coordinated interagency approach to firefighting.

Media Contacts:
* Discover Pass and Recreation: Toni Droscher, Recreation Program
Communications Manager, 360-902-1523, [email blocked]

* Fire Prevention and Awareness: Janet Pearce, Community Outreach
and Environmental Education, 360-902-1122, [email blocked]

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