January 23, 2009
Contact: Princess Jackson-Smith, 360-902-1066
DNR Announces Temporary Closures on Tiger Mountain Due to Flood Damage
OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has temporarily closed a section of a forest road and two sections of recreational trails in Tiger Mountain State Forest, as a result of damage from recent flooding.
Tiger Mountain Trail Closures
- Between the K3 Trail junction and the High Point Trail junction–flooding damage to a trail bridge at the lower High Point Creek crossing. The repair has not yet been scheduled.
- Near the upper High Point Creek crossing, where West Tiger Railroad Grade Trail becomes Tiger Mountain Trail–a large washout that is unsafe to cross. This section of the Tiger Mountain Trail will be re-routed and re-opened.
- West Side Road (1000 Rd.) on Tiger Mountain State Forest– washed out and exposed power lines near the 3-mile marker, leaving the road impassable. This is a complex repair job that may not be completed until late April.
These actions are based on an initial assessment. The department is continuing to inventory the damage.
Caring for your natural resources . . . now and forever
DNR manages more than 5.6 million acres of state-owned forest, range, commercial, agricultural, conservation, and aquatic lands. These lands include 125,000 acres of Natural Areas that protect rare and threatened species as well as high-quality examples of the native ecosystems and landscapes of Washington. The department also provides wildfire protection for 12.7 million acres of private and state-owned forestlands; administers Forest Practices rules and surface mine reclamation on state and private lands; gives technical assistance for forestry and mining; and provides financial and grant assistance to local communities and individuals. DNR is administered by Peter Goldmark, the 13th Commissioner of Public Lands since statehood in 1889, and the first from Eastern Washington.
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