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Rattlesnake Mountain Bill Pushing for Public Access

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PASCO, Wash.-- Rattlesnake Mountain is getting some attention in Washington, D.C.

Congressman Doc Hasting is proposing new legislation to allow the public more access to the area.

Rattlesnake Mountain is a part of the natural landscape that lawmakers and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service want the public to be able to enjoy.

A bill introduced by Congressman Doc Hastings would do just that.

The legislation would allow public access to the summit of Rattlesnake Mountain on the Hanford Reach National Monument. Currently, there is no public access at all.

The Mid-Columbia River National Wildlife Complex agrees that finding a way for people to access the land would benefit the public.

"The beauty and the natural resources of the monument, so this does tie in with what is part of our mission as well. We don't see anything but good coming out of sort of having people have an understanding of all aspects of what's our there on the monument," said Charles Stenvall, manager of the Mid-Columbia River National Wildlife Complex.

If the bill passes, it would require the Secretary of the Interior to provide reasonable public access to the summit of Rattlesnake Mountain.

The National Wildlife Complex is planning wild flower tours on Rattlesnake Mountain in May that would provide guided access to the summit if the weather permits.