State launches survey about forest recreation from Tiger Mountain to Mount Si

July 9, 2012

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 4 p.m. July 9, 2012

The state Department of Natural Resources is asking outdoors enthusiasts from Issaquah to Snoqualmie and beyond to offer input on recreation planning for the forests stretched between Tiger Mountain and Mount Si.

The agency launched a survey Monday to collect input about future recreation opportunities on 53,000 acres in natural areas along the so-called Snoqualmie corridor in East King County. The survey closes July 31.

The survey is the latest effort in the ongoing planning process for the area. In February, officials held a public open house focused on the corridor.

The corridor — a quick jaunt from Seattle 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.

Though the public planning effort is focused for the most part on developing recreation management plans for the Raging River and Middle Fork Snoqualmie sites, the complex process is enmeshed in other management plans for Tiger Mountain State Forest, West Tiger Mountain Natural Resources Conservation Area, Mount Si Natural Resources Conservation Area and Rattlesnake Mountain Scenic Area.

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