State seeks input on forest recreation from Tiger Mountain to Mount Si
July 17, 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 July 9 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 is the latest effort in the ongoing planning process for the area. In February, officials held a public open house focused on the corridor.
Complete the state Department of Natural Resources’ Snoqualmie corridor survey at www.surveymonkey.com/s/C65NKVL. The survey closes July 31.
The agency also appointed a 17-member citizen committee to advise officials on the planning process. Issaquah Alps Trails Club President David Kappler, a former Issaquah councilman, serves on the committee.
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.