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State DNR to kick off recreation planning for the Snoqualmie corridor 
 


MEDIA ADVISORY

January 23, 2012 

This open house, originally scheduled for January 18, was cancelled due to winter storm conditions and the closure of the meeting space. The open house has been rescheduled for February 1.

State DNR to kick off recreation planning for the Snoqualmie corridor
Public invited to help create a vision for recreation on state lands in eastern King County

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is planning for the future of recreation on 53,000 acres of state trust lands, natural areas, and other lands managed by DNR along the Snoqualmie corridor in eastern King County. DNR is inviting the public to an open house on February 1 in the City of Snoqualmie to kick off the planning process and get feedback from citizens.

 Who:DNR Recreation Program
 What:Snoqualmie Corridor Recreation Plan Open House
 When:7 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, February 1, 2012

 Where:

 

Snoqualmie Middle School, Commons Room
9200 Railroad Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie, WA 98065
Directions:
http://g.co/maps/nbdtm

 Why:

 

 

The Snoqualmie corridor, located in eastern King County, offers tremendous opportunities for outdoor recreation near the ever-growing Seattle metropolitan area. In the past 20 years, DNR has increased the amount of land it manages in the corridor. Some are state trust lands—working forests; other lands form the largest network of natural areas in the state. As a major provider of recreation opportunities in this landscape, DNR understands the need for a comprehensive and strategic approach to recreation management. 

Meeting Format:

The first part of the open house will be a brief presentation by DNR staff on the planning process. Following the introductory presentation, the public will have the opportunity to share their thoughts and ideas about recreation in a “listening station” format. 

Snoqualmie corridor planning area
The 53,000-acre planning area includes two newer DNR-managed properties: the Raging River State Forest, purchased in 2009 to replace state trust lands previously transferred out of trust status, and the Middle Fork Snoqualmie Natural Resources Conservation Area (NRCA), which was designated in 2009 by Peter Goldmark, Commissioner of Public Lands.

While the main focus of this effort is to develop recreation management plans for Raging River and Middle Fork Snoqualmie, the planning process also involves DNR-managed lands with existing management plans, such as Tiger Mountain State Forest, West Tiger Mountain NRCA, Mount Si NRCA, and Rattlesnake Mountain Scenic Area.

The corridor also includes recreation lands managed by federal, state, and local entities. Although planning will not include activities on those lands, this strategic planning process will look at ways to improve coordination with managers of many of these lands.

During the last few months, DNR has been gathering information related to recreation in the Snoqualmie corridor. This information will help to guide planning for future recreation opportunities. In addition to the open house, the public will have numerous other ways to be involved throughout this process.

Web link: For more information about the Snoqualmie Corridor Recreation Plan, visit: www.dnr.wa.gov/RecreationEducation/Topics/RecreationPlanning/Pages/amp_rec_snoqualmie_corridor_recre.aspx  

Snoqualmie Recreation Planning Area Map 

For more information, contact Doug McClelland, South Puget Sound Region Assistant Manager, at 206-920-5907 or douglas.mcclelland@dnr.wa.gov .

Recreation planning on DNR-managed lands
Comprehensive recreation planning is one of the key tools DNR uses to sustainably manage recreation on state trust lands and other lands, such as natural areas. Recreation planning helps ensure public safety, environmental protection, and access to outdoor recreation opportunities. The Snoqualmie Corridor Recreation Plan is one of DNR’s newest recreation planning efforts.
 
DNR-managed lands provide recreation access to more than 1,000 miles of trails, 143 recreation sites, 11,000 miles of forest road, and a variety of landscapes on 3.1 million acres throughout Washington State. Most of these recreation areas are located on forested state trust lands, which provide revenue for public institutions such as K-12 schools and state universities.

DNR’s primary responsibility is to sustainably manage these trust lands for this and future generations. In addition, as a steward of public lands, DNR also works to protect the natural resources that support the trusts. DNR must balance providing recreation opportunities with all of its land management and financial trust obligations.

DNR’s main recreation focus is to provide trails, trailhead facilities, and a primitive experience in a natural setting.

Media Contact: Toni Droscher, Recreation Program Communications Manager, 360-902-1523, toni.droscher@dnr.wa.gov  

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