Help restore Tiger Mountain on National Public Lands Day tomorrow

September 25, 2009

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 25, 2009

Volunteers are needed Saturday for National Public Lands Day, when environmental groups will work on Tiger Mountain.

State Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark will join volunteers to conduct trail maintenance and ecological restoration at Tiger Mountain. The work starts at 9 a.m.

The event runs to 3 p.m. Volunteers should meet at the upper parking lot of the High Point Trailhead. Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust will provide coffee and snacks. Learn more about the event here.

Early settlers used Tiger Mountain — a 13,500-acre foothill of the Cascades — for mining and timber. Today, the land is owned and managed by Issaquah and the state Department of Natural Resources. More than 4,500 acres are set aside for recreation and wildlife habitat.

Washington Conservation Corps members, former Greenway Summer Camp participants and other volunteers will remove invasive plants, like blackberry and holly, near the High Point Trailhead.

Volunteers will also build fences to close off the unused, marshy trail that once linked the Swamp and Ruth Kees Big Tree trails.

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