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VEGETATION MANAGEMENT The Committee was unable to reach consensus about the use and control of herbicides on Tiger Mountain. Do you find any other alternatives other than those outlined on the previous pages? Please summarize your notes on line 4 of the Mailback. What is the level of your concern about the use of herbicides on Tiger Mountain? (5 --- very concerned; 1 = unconcerned) Of the alternatives, no herbicide use, or, strictly controlled herbicide use, which do you favor? o4 a xorking Forest in tae 1Doa&las l'r lrepxon means that openings in the forest canopy will appear and subsequently fill in again when planted stock reoccupies the site. One purpose of the Tiger Mountain State Forest is to educate urban residents about the nature and consequences of modern forest management, and to harmonize these actions with the existing landscape. There are several ways in which harvest units can be made more attractive, including following natural topographical features rather than cutting along survey lines and designing smaller harvesting units distributed among watersheds. Roads, too, can be designed to fit topography, and the recommended rapid revegetation requirement will also help. ae'tkon In the past, various proposals have been made to explore for oil and natural gas on the slopes of Tiger Mountain. The Tradition Lake plateau, a critical recharge area for the City of Issaquah aquifier, has been mentioned in the past as a possible gravel mining site. Coal has been commercially mined in the 15 Mile Creek drainage. Although this deposit is not presently regarded as commercially viable, such estimations do change through time. Any future proposals for commercial resource extraction should have a thorough public review under the provisions of the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA), and must be compatible with the primary uses of the forest. Worksheet 14 19