Rattlesnake Mountain Access

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Native Americans call the mountain Laliik—“Standing Above the Water.”

The Carl Levin and Howard P. “Buck” McKeon National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015 (NDAA) directed the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to provide public access to the summit of Rattlesnake Mountain on the Hanford Reach National Monument (Monument). This report summarizes and addresses the comments received during a public scoping process under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

The FWS has begun the consultation process with area Native American tribes to implement several of the measures outlined in the report. The first measures being considered include:

  • re-establishing guided tours;
  • providing open-access days several times each year;
  • partnering with Native American tribes to provide information and education from their perspective;
  • allowing special classroom access;
  • publishing a small brochure exclusively about the Rattlesnake Unit, highlighting history, resources, cultural background, and protection of the area;
  • developing a program to train volunteers to assist with access;
  • allowing access for special events, such as charity events, teacher training, etc.

Consultation with Native American tribes under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act is, by design, an extensive process required a substantial commitment of time and resources by the FWS. Please continue to check back as we work our way through this process.