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The diversity and accessibility of forest types, wildlife habitats and water resources on Tiger Mountain provide a remarkable opportunity for its use as an education, demonstration and research forest area. The State Forest has a number of characteristics which make this use both attractive and possible. It is close to the campuses of the University of Washington, Green River Community College, Seattle University and many public schools. During the past two years graduate and undergraduate students from the University of Washington College of Forest Resources, the Departments of Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning and Botany, and the Institute for Environmental Studies have used the mountain as a classroom and research laboratory. The current road system allows relatively easy access to significant stands of old growth timber, various lakes and wetlands and a variety of forest types. In addition, the low elevations allow year-round access to mountain terrain not otherwise available near the Seattle Metropolitan area. The Committee :ecognizes that education in the context a "working forest in an urban environment" means that the urban public will have the opportunity to learn about active forest management and forest ecology. The DNR, on the other hand, will have the opportunity to develop management strategies that address the concerns of the nearly one million people who live nearby. The Committee has identified education as an important function for the management plan for the State Forest. This concern spans the possible uses of the mountain from ecological preserves to intensive forest management practices. Because of a number of environmental, biological and engineering constraints, Issaquah Creek and the East Fork of Issaquah Creek as well as Beaver Valley and Otter Lake seem to hold the greatest promise for the study of biological diversity in the forest. The Tradition Lake plateau, at the base of West Tiger Mountain, is within walking distance of the Issaquah High School and easily accessible by other school districts. Many other areas will offer opportunities to witness harvesting activities, young plantations, intermediate stand treatments such as pre-commercial thinning, and the effect of wildlife on young growing trees. The numerous historical sites are also part of the educational opportunity of the mountain. The State Forest can also be an outdoor laboratory for innovative practices in second and third growth forests. Much of our regional forestry experience is based on harvesting the original forest. Tiger Mountain provides the opportunity to use what is known (current technology) as well as experimenting with the emerging technologies of small-log harvesting. There is no guarantee that all experimental or demonstration efforts will succeed. There must be some room for experimental failures. Whether a small demonstration plot of Douglas fir from Oregon fails to survive or a new piece of harvest equipment does not perform as expected, such failures must not lead to irreversible or permanent damage. Community involvement and education, as exempli- fied by this Advisory Committee, is also an important part of future management considerations. Developing the support of local citizens for the State Forest is the best possible defense against the potential for conversion to other uses of these forested acres adjacent to residential communities. Tiger Mountain can serve as a focal point for the development of an informal exchange of views and values between the urban community and forest resource managers. Historical Sites Tiger Mountain is the site of numerous artifacts and examples of the history of northwest timber and mineral extraction which occurred from early white settlement until the present. Bull-team logging, the first logging activity on the mountain, utilized cordurory skid roads. The south shore of Tradition Lake still contains remnants of this early logging method. There are also remains of old homesteads near the lake. The extensive logging which took place during the 1920's, using steam powered railroad engines and extensive logging grades, has left a permanent legacy in the form of switchbacks, enormous trestles contouring around the slopes of 12 21