State burn ban starts on Tiger Mountain, forestlands July 1

May 15, 2012

The state Department of Natural Resources reminds people spending summer days on state lands to adhere to a statewide burn ban in effect from July 1 until Sept. 30.

The ban applies to all forestlands in Washington, including Tiger Mountain State Forest, except for federal lands. The summertime moratorium is intended to reduce wildfire risk.

The ban applies to all outdoor burning, including already permitted burns, but carries some exceptions:

  • Users can build recreational fires in approved fire pits within designated state, county, municipal or other campgrounds.
  • Department of Natural Resources-approved prescribed fires, implemented to enhance or restore fire-dependent ecosystems and forest health, when enhancement and restoration by prescribed fire can only be accomplished during the ban.

The use of gas and propane self-contained stoves and barbecues is allowed under the ban. Fireworks remain illegal on Department of Natural Resources-protected lands.

Tiger Mountain State Forest mountain bike trails open

April 24, 2012

The state Department of Natural Resources opened Tiger Mountain State Forest mountain bike trails for the season April 14.

The opening includes the Iverson Railroad Grade, Northwest Timber and Preston Railroad Grade trails. The routes offer popular mountain biking opportunities for riders from Issaquah and the Central Puget Sound area.

Though the trails opened for the season, road closures could affect recreation opportunities on Tiger Mountain.

On weekdays in April, crews plan to install culverts. The installation could prompt closures on the Main Tiger Mountain #4000 forest road and cause delays for outdoors enthusiasts using the road. Come mid-summer, crews plan to install a vehicle bridge on the West Side #1000 forest road. Officials said the project should require the closure of Iverson Railroad Trail for a few days.

Due to a heavy winter snowpack, the planned mountain bike trail in the East Tiger Mountain area is not likely to open until mid-summer. The state agency and the nonprofit Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance collaborated on the East Tiger Summit Trail project. Completion depends on volunteer labor.

The agency offers volunteer opportunities at Tiger Mountain and other state lands. Learn more at www.dnr.wa.gov/RecreationEducation/Topics/OtherRecreationInformation/Pages/dnr_volunteer_program_recreation.aspx.

State opens Tiger Mountain State Forest mountain bike trails

April 11, 2012

NEW — 1:50 p.m. April 11, 2012

The state Department of Natural Resources plans to open Tiger Mountain State Forest mountain bike trails for the season Saturday.

The opening includes the Iverson Railroad Grade, Northwest Timber and Preston Railroad Grade trails. The routes offer popular mountain biking opportunities for riders from Issaquah and the Central Puget Sound area.

Though the trails open for the season Saturday, road closures could affect recreation opportunities on Tiger Mountain.

On weekdays in April, crews plan to install culverts. The installation could prompt closures on the Main Tiger Mountain #4000 forest road and cause delays for outdoors enthusiasts using the road. Come mid-summer, crews plan to install a vehicle bridge on the West Side #1000 forest road. Officials said the project should require the closure of Iverson Railroad Trail for a few days.

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Users can transfer state recreation pass between vehicles

April 10, 2012

Users can transfer the Discover Pass for state parks and recreation lands between vehicles, under legislation Gov. Chris Gregoire signed March 30 — not long before Memorial Day launches the summer recreation season.

The change to the 1-year-old Discover Pass took effect immediately. The legislation allows users to transfer the annual pass between two vehicles at no additional cost.

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Follow precautions, rules as wildfire season starts

April 10, 2012

Though springtime rain continues to drench the ground, wildfire season starts April 15.

The date is mandated in state law. The state Department of Natural Resources reminds residents to be aware of how rapidly a cool, rainy spring can transition to warmer, drier conditions.

State summer fire rules go into effect April 15 and last through Oct. 15. These rules apply to the 12.7 million acres of forestlands protected from wildfire by the agency, including Tiger Mountain State Forest.

In fire season, people using motorized equipment in the woods must have approved spark arresters and follow fire safety precautions. Citizens working in the woods must have fire prevention and extinguishing equipment at the job site, in good working order, and staffers trained in proper use.

Residents can receive fire updates from the agency via Twitter, www.twitter.com/waDNR_fire, through the Fire Update, www.dnr.wa.gov/Publications/rp_fire_currentfireinfodailyupdates.pdf and the Incident Information System, www.inciweb.org/state/49.

Call 800-527-3305 toll-free for daily fire precaution levels listed by geographic region.

USA Today spotlights Issaquah Alps trails

February 28, 2012

Issaquah Alps peaks and trails garnered national attention Feb. 21 after USA Today featured the Eastside mountains in a travel piece.

The feature outlines trails and points of interest on Cougar, Squak and Tiger mountains — including the long-defunct Nike Ajax missile installation on Cougar Mountain and the paraglider launch site on Tiger Mountain.

“Hiking through Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park, on to Squak Mountain State Park Natural Area and into Tiger Mountain State Forest adds mileage but provides a scenic route,” the guide notes.

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USA Today spotlights Issaquah Alps hiking trails

February 22, 2012

NEW — 9 a.m. Feb. 22, 2012

Issaquah Alps peaks and trails garnered some national attention Tuesday after USA Today featured the Eastside mountains in a travel piece.

The piece outlines trails and points of interest on Cougar, Squak and Tiger mountains — including the long-defunct Nike Ajax missile installation on Cougar Mountain and the paraglider launch site on Tiger Mountain.

“Hiking through Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park, on to Squak Mountain State Park Natural Area and into Tiger Mountain State Forest adds mileage but provides a scenic route,” the guide notes.

The piece is the latest national recognition for the Issaquah Alps and the mountains’ namesake city.

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Join planning effort for Snoqualmie Corridor recreation

February 14, 2012

State planners greeted about 120 people at a recent session to plan recreation in natural areas stretching 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.

Residents can email questions about the area to snoqualmiecorridorrecplan@dnr.wa.gov or go to the project website, www.dnr.wa.gov/recreationeducation/topics/recreationplanning/pages/amp_rec_snoqualmie_corridor_recre.aspx, for details.

Department of Natural Resources officials plan to post a survey online this spring to collect additional feedback.

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.

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.

Residents can also send questions about the area to snoqualmiecorridorrecplan@dnr.wa.gov or go to the project website for details.

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State reschedules open house for natural resources

January 24, 2012

The state Department of Natural Resources has rescheduled a planned meeting regarding recreation in the Snoqualmie Corridor, a network of natural areas stretching from Tiger Mountain to Mount Si.

The meeting is from 7-9 p.m. Feb. 1 in the Commons Room, Snoqualmie Middle School, 9200 Railroad Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie.

Snow prompted officials to cancel the meeting planned for Jan. 18.

The state agency is readying for future recreation opportunities on 53,000 acres in natural areas along the so-called Snoqualmie Corridor in East King County. The open house is meant to continue the public planning process.

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 recent months, Department of Natural Resources officials started gathering input about recreation in the Snoqualmie Corridor. The open house is the latest step in the planning process.

Officials plan for the meeting to include a brief presentation from agency staffers and then opportunities for participants to share ideas.

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