Fish and Wildlife seeking comment on fee increases

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is accepting public comment on increasing fees for some of its Mid-Columbia activities.

The increases include a new $3 fee to enter a lottery for wildflower tours at Hanford Reach National Monument.

Fish and Wildlife said the fees are needed to cover costs for the lottery and tours, according to a news release.

Lottery application fees will increase from $10 to about $12 to $14 for several hunting programs at McKay Creek, McNary and Umatilla National Wildlife Refuge areas. A waterfowl hunting season pass at the Headquarters Unit at McNary and the McCormack Unit at Umatilla will jump to $96 per hunter from $80.

Comments must be received by 11 p.m. July 7. They may be emailed to mcriver@fws.gov, faxed to 509-546-8303 or mailed to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Fee Comments, 64 Maple St., Burbank, WA, 99323.

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