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) 2OZ]S'_r-/O/14 / To administer the State Forest in a manner that reflects the multiple- use policies suggested in the Advisory Committee's guidelines. ISS \\; Seattle %. Preston \\; Jpper Preston Tiger Mtn. State Forest Planning Boundary Contour Interval m 200 Feet Scale: 1 inch = 1 mile Access Future and present problems such as vandalism, shooting, nuisance to adjacent property owners and trash dumping are a function of uncontrolled access to Tiger Mountain. Effective control and enforcement of all adopted rules for operation of the State Forest will depend upon controllable access points. At the present time, motor vehicles may enter the forest at Issaquah High School, High Point, Carpenter Road, BPA Powerline right-of-way, Southeast Tiger Mountain Road, TM500 (Highway 18) and at Holder Gap on Highway 18. While some of these access points are gated, these barriers have a history of being violated. Neighbors are concerned about present recreational access problems as well as increased potential future traffic. At the same time, there is clearly a need for reasonable access for forest management purposes. The current access point on Highway 18 should be the only entry point for public vehicular use of Tiger Mountain. Relationship. With Adjacent Property Owners Property owners living adjacent to the State Forest have expressed a number of concerns relating to ongoing problems as a result of living next to a large accessible forested area. The concerns include uncontrolled access by various recreationists, danger of fire, contamination of water supplies, personal danger from firearms use on the mountain, as well as the aesthetic impacts of forest management and harvesting and the general impact of increased use of Tiger Mountain as a result of its becoming a State Forest. The Committee's guidelines attempt to systematically address these concerns by suggesting notification of all proposed management activities, posting of regulatory signs, and adoption of alternative forest management practices. Enforcement The mixed ownership pattern on Tiger Mountain in the past has resulted in numerous problems including vandalism of logging equipment, speeding, shooting, trash dumping, and firewood theft. The long response time by the sheriff because of the isolated nature of the area, and the inability of both the sheriff and the emergency rescue team to quickly respond to off-road accidents or injuries, will not provide adequate police coverage in the future. Motorcycles, ATV's and snowmobiles currently use the mountain, often without spark arrester mufflers, and registered ATV stickers. There has also been a problem with ORV use in young plantations and streams as well as severe vandalism to the communication facilities on Tiger Mountain and West Tiger Mountain. Controlled recreational use will minimize some of these problems. A coordinated enforcement strategy between DNR, King County, and other affected agencies should be developed. Oversight Committee In order to continue the policy of public involvement in the Tiger Mountain State Forest, the Committee recommends that the Commissioner of Public Lands appoint a permanent oversight committee of five members to assist the DNR in planning its management activities. Copies of the complete TMSFAC Draft Guidelines for the Management of Tiger Mountain are available from the South Puget Sound Area Office of DNR in Enumclaw (1-800-562-6010, toll free), and at libraries and other public places in Issaquah and Preston. 4 29