Lottery losers may get a break on rafting permits

Lottery losers may get a break on rafting permits

Credit: Facebook / Northwest Rafting Co.

Velvet Falls on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River

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by Associated Press

KTVB.COM

Posted on February 24, 2013 at 3:11 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 25 at 8:43 AM

LEWISTON -- The U.S. Forest Service is considering upping the odds for unsuccessful lottery permit applicants hoping to float the popular Selway and Middle Fork of the Salmon rivers.

The agency says starting in 2015 lottery losers would receive duplicate applications for rafting permits if applying for the same river or rivers for 2016.

If they still don't come up with a permit, they would receive two duplicates if they entered again the following year. The agency says the number of duplicates would increase each year until an applicant won a permit or stopped entering the lottery.

The agency said it's taking public comments on the plan through March 15.

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