Tiger Mountain trail development is recommended for state grant

November 20, 2012

By Warren Kagarise

The state Recreation Conservation Office recommended Tiger Mountain trail development — and more than 100 projects statewide — as priority projects for grants, proponents announced last month.

Funding for the Tiger Mountain trails and other projects hinges on dollars for the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program, a program established to conserve land and waterways.

If the $320,000 grant for Tiger Mountain is funded, the state Department of Natural Resources can develop two trails or about five miles overall in east Tiger Mountain State Forest. The project requires a $137,200 match from the Department of Natural Resources.

The decision to fund the Tiger Mountain grant and others is left to state legislators. Lawmakers return to Olympia on Jan. 14 for the 2013 session.

Leaders at the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition, a nonprofit group set up to support the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program, praised the project list.

“This year, the projects that made the cut are, once again, ones that will have a positive effect on Washington for years to come,” Executive Director Joanna Grist said in a statement. “We must continue to invest in preserving our land and water in order to protect and grow the jobs and businesses that depend on our recreation economy.”

Cynthia Welti, Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust executive director, said some projects could improve the 100-mile greenbelt from Seattle to Central Washington.

“The Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust strongly supports the efforts of Washington Wildlife & Recreation Coalition,” she said in a statement. “These grants will provide critical wildlife habitat improvements, increase access to trails and scenic views in the Mountains to Sound Greenway.”

Former Govs. Dan Evans and Mike Lowry formed the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition in 1989. Republican Evans led the Evergreen State from 1965-77; Democrat Lowry served as governor from 1993-97.

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