Strong title, I know, but it does and I'll tell you why. First of all, here's what the state says the Pass is for: http://discoverpass.wa.gov/ . While I think the idea is novel, I do not think it is necessary. First of all any good hiker, backpacker, lover of Creation knows you're supposed to leave the place better than you found it. We, as responsible citizens should be able to clean up after ourselves. Should we, the citizens not, we should be fined for littering, and desecration of public lands. We should not have to pay for what we already do. Secondly, though it's only $30.. it's $30! That adds up. You can't honestly tell me they can't maintain with a smaller budged? But if they can't think of all the manpower at the government's fingertips in the way of it's citizens. How about instead of forcing a fee on the FREE citizens of America, you offer them a choice. Why don't we have a choice to work for the pass or purchase it. I personally would love to get together with other nature lovers and clean-up, maintain or improve state lands and trails. Amongst the common citizens who use the public lands are the highly skilled individuals. I'm sure many in construction, road building, land and facilities maintenance, landscaping, restoration and general labor would be happy to volunteer a fair amount of work/time to receive a pass to lands we're, by rights as American citizens, allowed access to.
The pass is ridiculous, the reasoning -- propaganda to take your money, the need only applies to those citizens unwilling to work to help maintain public lands themselves. Give US the choice to work/volunteer or pay for the Pass, then the Pass is legal. That is all for today's rant!