Residents can join planning effort for Snoqualmie Corridor recreation
February 7, 2012
NEW — 8 a.m. Feb. 7, 2012
State planners greeted about 120 people at a recent session to plan recreation on natural areas stretched from Tiger Mountain to Mount Si.
The state Department of Natural Resources hosted a meeting at Snoqualmie Middle School on Feb. 1 to launch the public planning process for 53,000 acres in natural areas along the so-called Snoqualmie Corridor in East King County.
In addition to the open house, citizens can apply to serve on the 12-member recreating planning committee for the Snoqualmie Corridor. The deadline to apply for a post on the committee is Feb. 15.
Department of Natural Resources officials plan to post a survey online in the spring to collect additional feedback.
The corridor — a quick jaunt from Seattle, Issaquah and fast-growing Eastside cities — is a popular destination for hikers, mountain bikers and more. Combined, the lands in the corridor form the largest network of natural areas in Washington.
In the past 20 years, the Department of Natural Resources added the amount of land managed in the area. The more recent acquisitions include the Raging River State Forest and the Middle Fork Snoqualmie Natural Resources Conservation Area. The land under state management includes working forests.