Wildflower tour lottery winners to be notified

By The Tri-City HeraldApril 15, 2014 

Odds are better than expected for people who entered a lottery for seats on the spring wildflower tours on the Hanford Reach National Monument.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife had 332 applications, most for two seats, and has 160 seats available. Some people entered more than once, putting the number of individuals participating at fewer than 300.

"Interest was not as widespread as anticipated," said Dan Haas, of Fish and Wildlife.

Tours include a trip to the top of Rattlesnake Mountain, weather permitting, and another stop on the closed portion of the monument to see the view and wildflowers.

The agency tried a lottery, with a cost of $3, this year after seats filled last year during online registration in 21 seconds. Money will be used to help pay for buses and credit card processing fees.

Winners will be notified this week.

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