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The Public Discusses Future Types of Access to Rattlesnake Mountain

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The public will be able to share their ideas for what type of access they would like to see for Rattlesnake Mountain. The public will be able to share their ideas for what type of access they would like to see for Rattlesnake Mountain.

BENTON COUNTY, WA- The public had a chance to discuss what type of access they would like to see happen for Rattlesnake Mountain.

For 70 years, there has been no access for the public to Rattlesnake Mountain, but a while ago, former Congressman Doc Hastings decided that needed to change.

The 2015 National Defense Authorization Act grants access to the grounds.  With that, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will hold two open house meetings this Wednesday to get some ideas from the public about what type of access to Rattlesnake Mountain they would like to see.  

Fish & Wildlife Services used to have Spring Wildflower Tours, but those were recently canceled.

They hope for some good ideas from the public so they can work to try to make Rattlesnake Mountain open to all.

"We really want specifics.  We want the public to say we want to see such and such from this time of the year and things like that.  We really want the public to narrow in on exactly what they want," said Dan Haas, with the Mid-Columbia River National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

People had ideas ranging from all access hiking and biking trails to limited access and only guided tours.

t's a controversial issue, there's folks on that want no access and there's folks that want you know unlimited access and trying to find really what the side boards are on this is really what this meeting is all about today." said Charles Stenvall from U.S. Fish and Wildlife.

There is no word yet on when access will happen.  Those meetings will happened at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Hanford Reach Interpretive Center in Richland.

If you cannot make it to the open houses, the public will still have until November 13th to tell Fish & Wildlife what type of access they would like to see.

They can be reached by email at hanfordreach@fws.gov, phone: 509-546-8333, or by mail at:
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