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One altcrnativc proposes that horseback riding utilize the Highway 18 (Holdcr Gap) access area along with other rccreationists. The second alternative proposes that horse loading and unloading areas should bc developed at the intersection of Highway 18 and the Issaquah/Hobart Road, and along Highway 18 near Deep Creek. Hunting Tiger Mountain is a rich wildlife habitat for over 50 species of mammals and 100 species of birds. The Game Department estimates that there are over 100 deer resident on Tiger Mountain. In addition, band- tailed pigeons, grouse and other game birds can be found. With the advent of carefully regulated forest management that increases the edges between mature forest and brush and clearings, a rise in thc number of certain species of wildlife such as dcer can bc anticipated. Carefully controlled hunting can be a tool for optimizing wildlife populations in the contcxt of a managed forest. Hunting will be limited to shotguns and bow and arrow during a limited season. The Committee recommends that no-hunting zones be established near the residential areas of Preston, Mirrormont and Issaquah. Shooting Target shooting in makeshift ranges in clearcuts, gravel pits and along roads has becn a constantly vexing problem for recreational uscrs and adjacent property owners. Concerns about personal safety as well as noisc havc been raised numerous times. Dcspitc the posting of signs and warnings, unauthorized and careless shooting of rifles and hand guns has continued on Tiger Mountain. The Issaquah Sportsmen's Club maintains a well equipped range in Issaquah for rcsponsible target shooting. Shooting on Tiger Mountain is an unnccessary and dangerous activity and should be prohibited. Hiking Hiking is already an important recreational use of Tigcr Mountain. The Mountaineers and the Issaquah cstate, d eighty re'tics oi tca'x[s, nc[udng the  , .3 m'[ Tiger Mountain Trail which circles the mountain's main summits from Otter Lake on the south to High Point on 1-90. The trail was built by volunteers with the permission of the DNR and Weycrhacuscr. Other trails follow old logging roads and railroad grades. The objective of the guidelines is to maintain and increase quality hiking experiences in the State Forest while minimizing resource damage, especially on poorly drained, highly crosivc or unstable soils. Thcrcfo[, the Committee urges the development of a well engineered hiking trail system incorporating existing trails rebuilt to proper standards, railroad grades and new trails. The Tiger Mountain Trail should bc maintained as a forest corridor. Other trails should be temporarily relocated before harvest. After harvesting, trails should be replaced and rehabilitated. Trailhcads should bc developed with parking areas and gates to control motorized access. Trailheads may bc located at 15 Mile Creek gravel pit, Otter Lakc, Poo Poo Point, Issaquah High School, High Point, Preston, and 288th Street. Motorized Recreation An unresolved issue for the Committee is the use of motorized vehicles for off-road use in the Tiger Mountain State Forest. Two alternatives have been proposed: No use allowed except on roads open to all other users, or controlled use in designated areas. The basis of these two alternatives rests on concerns expressed by neighbors and committee members representing non-motorized interests regarding noise, vandalism, trespass, erosion, sedimentation in fish bearing streams, and damage to native plants and young forest trees. In addition, a major concern has been the perceived incompatibility of this use with other recreational opportunities near an urban area. From this perspective, Tiger Mountain is "too small" to allow these motorized uses. Motorcycle and four-wheel drive interests feel that these criticisms are a result of non-organized, uncontrolled and poorly educated users. While resource damage has occurred in the past, they feel that a designated area policed by user groups would allow this activity to be pursued without negative impacts. Motorcyclists are anxious to develop a comprehensive trail network so that their activity will not take place on roads with the consequent potential for accidents and conflicts. They have proposed that approximately fifty miles of trails be built in the Raging River and Holder Creek drainage. Four-wheel drive enthusiasts have requested that many of the 8 25