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maintainex in perpctuitb,. Pro.ding a raodtel o t. type of management near the Seattle Metropolitan area will allow urban dwellers to learn about the complexity and opportunities of natural resource management and become familiar with the source of forest resource products. At the same time, the Committee believes that the DNR, as a natural resource management agency, will gain a better understanding of the concerns of urban residents, adjacent property owners and recreational users regarding forestry. Tiger Mountain will provide an opportunity for DNR managers to develop new techniques that can be tested and evaluated. If this educational opportunity is fully used by the public and the DNR, then many of the problems of conflicting values and basic misunderstandingsthat have caused commercial forest managers to retreat from urban populations may he creatively met and resolved. RESPONSIBILITIES Three major areas of responsibility -- legal, biological and social -- structured the Committee's work. DNR's responsibility as a state agency to manage trust lands is found in the constitution and the laws of the State of Washington. The guidelines are the Committee's attempt to outline a management framework that allows DNR to meet its legal obligations while indicating harvest and management practices that protect the long-term health of the productive forest ecosystem. The biological responsibility is closely related to the legal responsibility. The intent of the guidelines is to protect the biological features of Tiger Mountain from long-term harm and to prevent the depletion of or damage to public resources, such as air, water, fish, and wildlife, and non-renewable resources (particu- larly soils and gene pools). The Committee has identified those areas of particular botanical and zoological significance and suggested protective mea- sures. Finally, thc guidelines address thc responsibilities of DNR managers to recrcational users and adjacent residents. Within thc context of resource rnanagcmcnt re.ereationaX og9orturt',ties in a manage..6 gorest. "he Committee has recognized that these uses must be compatible with the trust obligations of the lands. The Committee has also taken the position that all forest practices must be conducted under a "good neighbor" policy. Developing the means whereby forestry can be made acceptable to residential neighbors is presently an important issue along the State Forest boundaries. Because DNR and other forest land owners face similar situations elsewhere in the rapidly urbanizing Puget Sound lowlands, the strategies developed here may have long-term consequences for other forests in the region. In order to fulfill its advisory role to the DNR, the Committee is issuing this workbook and distributing it to residents of Issaquah and Preston, property owners adjacent to Tiger Mountain, and to citizen groups and civic, forestry, and environmental organizations in the Seattle area. The Committee and the DNR managers hope that by providing an ample opportunity for comment and advice as early in the planning process as possible, both major and minor issues will be identified and discussed. In light of your comments these advisory recommendations will be revised by the Committee and forwarded to the DNR. A Tiger Mountain management plan will then be developed by DNR. This plan will be available for public and agency review under the provisions of the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA). Because the Committee was unable to reach a consensus on certain issues, they are preparing a series of alternatives for your comment and advice. The statements and comments you make will be evaluated by the Committee in making its final recommendations to the DNR. Two open houses will be held, on November 15 in Issaquah, and November 17 in Preston. Committee members will be available to answer questions and listen to your comments. The Committee is excited about the prospects for a Tiger Mountain State Forest and hope that you will help by offering your comments on the back cover. You are asked to do three things: 1. Indicate your general approval or disapproval of the guidelines the Committee has agreed on. 2. Indicate any concerns that the Committee has not addressed, or has not, in your opinion, addressed fully enough. 3. Indicate your preference of alternatives in those situations on which the Committee has not reached consensus, or suggest new alternatives. ts wcA as Xcang .og'mg ros an6 spu-s or gox exploration. Both groups would ,ike to use the Bonncvillc Power Administration (BPA) right-of-way as part of a motorized use alternativc. ALTERNATIVES Because of the inability of the Committee to come to a single policy on this issue, two alternative objectives have been identified: Some members of the Committee believe that Tiger Mountain should be maintained as a working forest with motorized recreation restricted to a limited number of forest road miles, designated as recreation roads on the accompanying map. No off-road vehicle use allowed. Other members believe that the DNR should develop motorized recreation areas for motorcycles and 4x4's in a multiple-use forest management plan. The non-motorized recreation guidelines recom- mend that all vehicles on Tiger Mountain must obey a posted speed limitand must be equipped with mufflers required for highway use. The following roads will be kept open except in times of excessively wet conditions or snow: The West Side Road from Highway 18 to Poo Poo Point; the East Side Road if a new entry can be provided along the BPA powerline from Holder Gap (Highway 18); Summit Road to East Tiger from mile 2.9 of Tiger Mountain Road; Tiger Mountain Road to one mile past 15 Mile Pass (Sunset Watching Point). All other present roads on Tiger Mountain including Carpenter Road, middle Tiger Spur, and the road to West Tiger Summit .(except for service vehicles) will be open only for forest management and administrative purposes. No off-road use by motorcycles or 4x4's should be allowed in the State Forest and strict enforcement and posting rules should accompany these regulations. The motorized use guidelines for motorcycles recommends that a system of motorcycle trails should be developed for low-speed, skilled drivers in the Holder Creek and Raging River drainages. All attesters, an6 must dksgiax 3 "qq ashington State OKx/I ATV or highway registration. An active OR'q safety and education program for Tiger Mountain recreationists should be developed. Available State ORV funds should be used to build, maintain and manage an ORV trail system. An area for beginning riders to learn proper skills and safety should be developed near the Highway 18 entrance. If desired by Mirrormont residents, a motorcycle access to the State Forest should be developed and all trails should be kept at least one-fourth mile away from residential areas. All ORV trails should be hardened to minimize erosion and impacts on water quality. Trails are to be located outside riparian zones and other sensitive biological areas. Beaver Valley, Silent Swamp and Otter Lake, as well as poorly drained soils, should be avoided. In order to minimize resource damage, there should be no motorized use on problem soil areas. All trails should be designed with soils scientists, fisheries biologists and game biologists. The DNR should post rules in effect at Highway 18 and develop an enforcement strategy utilizing peer pressure and education, King County Sheriff and DNR personnel. Limit the number of users to what the available trail system can accommodate without creating permanent, irreversible resource damage. Four-wheel drive use guidelines recommend that all main and spur logging roads should be kept open for recreational use by vehicles. In addition, existing jeep routes and new routes built on railroad grades in the Holder Creek/Raging River drainages and on BPA right-of-way should be utilized. All new routes should be built on stable soils. All 4x4's should display a Washington ORV/ATV or license plates and meet state noise standards. There should be no motorized use below the Tiger Mountain 500 Road (toward the Raging River), and all 4x4 facilities should be designed to minimize impacts on water quality. In addition, a safety and education program for 4x4 drivers should be developed. 6 27