Planning for the future of recreation in the Snoqualmie Corridor
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is working with the public, recreation user groups, and local stakeholders to develop a comprehensive recreation plan for the Snoqualmie corridor. The plan will guide how DNR manages recreation on the state lands we manage in this area for the next 10 to 15 years.
DNR’s goal is to offer enjoyable, safe, and sustainable recreation opportunities that are compatible with our primary obligation as manager of nearly 3 million acres of state trust lands and more than 145,000 acres of natural areas throughout Washington.
UPDATED: November 20, 2014
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SEPA REVIEW PERIOD
The SEPA Public Review and Comment opened November 19, 2014. The comment period will remain open until 4:30 PM on December 19, 2014.
Information about this proposal including the Threshold Determination, SEPA Checklist and supporting documents can be accessed through the DNR SEPA webpage. Please include the file number - SEPA File No. 14-111901, on all comments.
Comments should be submitted to the SEPA Center at, firstname.lastname@example.org or P.O. Box 47015, Olympia, Washington 98504-7015.
ATTEND AN INFORMATIONAL MEETING TO LEARN ABOUT THE PLAN
DNR is holding a meeting for the public to learn about the draft Snoqualmie Corridor Recreation Plan. The Meeting will be held on December 10, 2014 from 6:30-9:30 PM at the City of Snoqualmie Administration Building, Council Chambers Room, at 38624 SE River Street in Snoqualmie.
LEARN ABOUT THE RECREATION PLANNING EFFORT
Why is DNR developing a recreation plan for DNR-managed lands in the Snoqualmie Corridor?
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, through land exchanges and other transactions, DNR has increased the amount of land it manages in the corridor. With all of this land available for recreation, the public, the trust beneficiaries, and the environment will be better served by a comprehensive and strategic approach to recreation management. Download a fact sheet.
Recreation Planning Area:
The recreation planning area encompasses approximately 53,500 acres of DNR-managed lands located in the western foothills of the Cascade Mountains along a 24-mile stretch of I-90, near the cities of Issaquah, Snoqualmie, and North Bend. The planning area includes 10 blocks of DNR-managed lands - about half are designated state trust lands and the other half are managed as natural resources conservation areas. The blocks include West Tiger Mountain NRCA, Tiger Mountain State Forest, Raging River State Forest, Rattlesnake Mountain Scenic Area, Mount Si NRCA, Middle Fork Snoqualmie NRCA, and smaller blocks of trust land including the Mitchell Hill, Echo Glenn and Middle Fork Blocks and other isolated parcels. View a map of the planning Area.
In February 2012, DNR kicked off a comprehensive planning process for the sustainable management of recreation on DNR-managed lands in the Snoqualmie Corridor.
In March 2012, the agency formed a 17-member, citizen-based Recreation Planning Committee to help DNR develop recommendations for improving recreation in the Snoqualmie Corridor. Members were drawn from an impressive pool of applicants and represent diverse background and interests in a variety of recreation activities. Read more about the Recreation Planning Committee.
In July 2012, DNR launched a web-based survey to gather public input on what types of recreation currently take place, and how the public would like to see recreation developed in the planning area over the next 10 to 15 years. The results from this survey helped to guide the Recreation Planning Committee as it worked to improve recreation access and opportunities. Read a summary of the survey results.