Tiger Mountain is test for commissioner of public lands candidates

October 30, 2012

Tiger Mountain is a destination for hikers, mountain bikers and loggers, and the official responsible for acting as a referee to balance the competing interests is the state commissioner of public lands.

Clint Didier

Peter Goldmark

Republican Clint Didier is challenging the incumbent, Democrat Peter Goldmark, to serve as the top natural resources official in Washington.

The commissioner of public lands leads the state Department of Natural Resources, and oversees about 3 million acres of forests, agricultural land and other properties, as well as about 2.6 million acres of shorelines, tidelands, lakes and rivers.

The position carries outsized influence in the Issaquah area. The agency is often a factor in local policymaking, due to the connections among the Department of Natural Resources, Issaquah City Hall and outdoor recreation groups.

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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.

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

July 9, 2012

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.

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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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Join state planning for forest recreation from Tiger Mountain to Mount Si

January 10, 2012

Eastside residents and outdoor recreation enthusiasts can offer input Jan. 18 as the state Department of Natural Resources starts collecting feedback for the forested lands stretching from Tiger Mountain to Mount Si.

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.

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Issaquah events open Mountains to Sound Greenway Summer

June 17, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. June 17, 2011

Celebrate the season as the Mountains to Sound Greenway Summer launches Saturday and Sunday.

The events start Saturday as the Issaquah Alps Trails Club leads the Olallie Lake hike. Join hike leader Mary Nolan on a moderately difficult, five- to six-mile hike with 1,200 feet gain in elevation to Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area lakes — Talapus and Olallie. Participants need a Northwest Forest Pass. The hike is open to all ages; no reservation is required. Join the hike at the Issaquah Trails House, 110 S.E. Bush St., at 9 a.m. Saturday. Call Nolan at 837-1535.

Learn about the Puget Sound watershed and salmon at the Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery open house and tours Saturday. Explore the life of a salmon through hands-on exhibits, tours and a family-oriented open house featuring activities for all age group. Join FISH docents for 30-minute hatchery tours at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. The hatchery, 125 W. Sunset Way, is open 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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State appoints manager for natural areas near Issaquah

May 31, 2011

Tiger Mountain State Forest is under new management.

Art Tasker

Art Tasker, a longtime state Department of Natural Resources employee, has been appointed to manage the agency’s South Puget Sound Region — the area encompassing the state forest and West Tiger Mountain Natural Resource Conservation Area near Issaquah.

The region includes the state’s most-populous areas.

State Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark announced the appointment April 28.

“Art is well-acquainted with the lands, resources, and communities of the South Puget Sound Region,” Goldmark said in a release. “He brings more than 37 years of experience with DNR to the job and has a deep understanding of sustainably managing the natural resources of Washington state’s trust lands.”

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Strike a blow against invasive Scotch broom Wednesday

May 24, 2011

Volunteers gather on the Tradition Plateau on May 21 for the annual Scotch Broom Massacre to tackle the invasive plant. Contributed

NEW — 11 a.m. May 24, 2011

The annual Scotch Broom Massacre accomplished a lot May 21, but the Issaquah Environmental Council needs more help to cut the invasive plant.

The organization is holding another plant-yanking party at 3 p.m. Wednesday. Participants should meet, rain or shine, off of Interstate 90 Exit 20.

If people cannot join a work party, then grab some clippers or loppers, and set off to cut Scotch broom.

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State appoints manager for natural areas near Issaquah

April 30, 2011

NEW — 8 a.m. April 30, 2011

Tiger Mountain State Forest is under new management.

Art Tasker, a longtime state Department of Natural Resources employee, has been appointed to manage the agency’s South Puget Sound Region — the area encompassing the state forest and West Tiger Mountain Natural Resource Conservation Area near Issaquah. The region includes the state’s most-populous areas.

State Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark announced the appointment Thursday.

“Art is well-acquainted with the lands, resources, and communities of the South Puget Sound Region,” Goldmark said in a release. “He brings more than 37 years of experience with DNR to the job and has a deep understanding of sustainably managing the natural resources of Washington state’s trust lands.”

Tasker had been serving as the region’s acting manager before the appointment.

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City rolls over dog ban at Timberlake Park

January 11, 2011


By Greg Farrar New signs at Timberlake Park outline updated pet rules for the park in the South Cove neighborhood.

The city has lifted the dog ban at popular Timberlake Park along Lake Sammamish after 17 months.

City Parks & Recreation Director Anne McGill said the city decided to rescind the ban, because the regional animal services agency has promised to be more responsive to dog incidents at the 24-acre park. Read more

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