The Northwest's state parks are amazing places. They preserve historic sites such as lighthouses, shipwrecks, and military facilities. They house and maintain fascinating museums and visitor centers. Most of all, they give us a place to experience nature and enjoy outdoor recreation, whether along the ocean coast, in the forest, or even within city limits. Unfortunately, the state parks in the Northwest have been severely impacted by diminishing state budgets, forcing them to limit facilities and maintenance or to close down. Giving an annual state park pass or permit as a holiday gift is a great way to provide financial support. It also give you great motivation to take advantage of all these wonderful places during the coming year. Get a pass for yourself, your family, and your friends - it will be a gift that will keep on giving for months and years to come.