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‘Free days’ at state parks started this month

The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and three-day weekend Jan. 14 -16, was the first of ten 2012 State Parks “free days,” when the Discover Pass will not be required of visitors.

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.

Other “free days” to watch out for are March 18 and 19 in honor of Washington State Parks’ 99th birthday on March 19, June 9 for National Get Outdoors Day, Sept. 29 for National Public Lands Day and Nov. 10 - 12 for Veterans Day weekend.

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