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Hastings Supports Increased Access to Juniper Dunes in Franklin County

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Wash. - Washington Congressman Doc Hastings created a bill that could make it easy for you to get to Juniper Dunes.

Access to Juniper Dunes has been an ongoing issue.

In the bill, Hastings states that he is trying to use funds to enhance public access to land that is currently owned by the Bureau of Land Management which includes Juniper Dunes.

Warren Baze has been riding dirt bikes his whole life and has made a number of trips to Juniper Dunes.  He said people from surrounding states make the trip to Central Washington just to visit Juniper Dunes.  

Baze said, "People come from all over because of the weather because it's dry here and you can ride all year long.  I think if it gives better access I thinks that's a great idea."

The proposed legislation did not site a specific project designated for Juniper Dunes but Hastings reports that it is a top priority and that there is a great need for increased public access.

He has been working on this for a number of years.

The bill was approved the House Resource Committee Wednesday and will now be considered by the House of Representatives.

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