September 23, 2015
NEW — 4 p.m. Sept. 23, 2015
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources invites residents to comment on a draft policy that will guide the future development of recreation trails on DNR-managed lands.
The agency oversees about 5.6 million acres of state land, much of which offers opportunities for hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking and off-road-vehicle riding. These lands must also generate sustainable revenue for public school construction and maintain Washington’s rich natural heritage, according to the state constitution.
September 16, 2015
NEW — 6:44 p.m. Sept. 16, 2015
There may or may not be more timber cutting headed to Tiger Mountain and/or other wooded areas in and around Issaquah.
On Aug. 19, the state’s Department of Natural Resources opted to develop a plan to work through what officials labeled a backlog of timber that was not harvested as scheduled from state-owned forests in Western Washington.
At the same time, the board will move ahead with calculating how much timber can be culled from state-owned forests between 2015 and 2024.
That calculation, as well as the plan for working through the harvest backlog, would be subject to public review under the state’s Environmental Policy Act.
July 23, 2015
“I’ve lived here 47 years and that’s the first time I’ve seen any logging,” Tiger Mountain resident Lorie Graff said. “It was shocking.”
Graff said the clear-cutting of trees in what many thought was Tiger Mountain State Forest was the talk of her neighborhood. It’s not clear when it started, but the logging ended about a week ago.
“It now looks disgusting,” resident Mike Shimchick wrote in an email.
May 5, 2015
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will offer three “free days” this month and next.
Visitors will not need to display a Discover Pass for day-use visits to state parks on May 10, a springtime free day; June 6, in recognition of National Trails Day; and June 13, National Get Outdoors Day.
January 20, 2015
January 17, 2015
NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 17, 2015
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission’s next free days are Jan. 18-19, when visitors are not required to display the Discover Pass for day visits at state parks.
The two dates are to honor Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday.
The free days are in keeping with legislation that created the Discover Pass—a $30 annual or $10 one-day permit required on state recreation lands managed by Washington State Parks, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Department of Natural Resources.
December 23, 2014
Hiking was at the top of the wish list followed by mountain biking and camping for the long-planned Snoqualmie Corridor Recreation area.
More than 2,500 people were surveyed as part of the Washington State Department of Natural Resources planning process for the 53,500-acre swath of land that runs from Tiger Mountain to the Pratt River and Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie River.
December 7, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 7, 2014
The Snoqualmie Corridor Recreation environmental policy plan will be presented at a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at Snoqualmie City Hall, 38624 S.E. River St., Snoqualmie.
Public input and comments are being sought by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources.
The corridor includes Tiger Mountain, Rattlesnake Mountain, Raging River State Forest, the state trust lands surrounding the community of Preston, and Mount Si and Middle Fork Snoqualmie natural resources conservation areas.
The area receives more than 800,000 visits from outdoor enthusiasts each year.
The plan includes the State Environmental Policy Act review.
October 24, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 24, 2014
September 29, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 29, 2014
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources has rescinded statewide burn ban on DNR-protected lands due to the fire danger being reduced by the recent rainfall and moderating temperatures.
Restrictions set by local authorities are not affected by the action. Additionally, while conditions no longer warrant a statewide burn ban, some local areas within the state remain dry. Check with those local authorities before burning. Get local fire restrictions here.
In addition, industrial forest operations on DNR-protected lands remain regulated under the requirements of the Industrial Fire Precaution Level system. Check for and follow restrictions as they apply to the area in which you intend to work. Find information about any such restrictions here.