Planning for the future of recreation in the Snoqualmie Corridor
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is working with the public, recreation user groups, and local stakeholders to develop a comprehensive recreation plan for the Snoqualmie corridor. The plan will guide how DNR manages recreation on the state lands we manage in this area for the next 10 to 15 years.
DNR’s goal is to offer enjoyable, safe, and sustainable recreation opportunities that are compatible with our primary obligation as manager of nearly 3 million acres of state trust lands and more than 145,000 acres of natural areas throughout Washington.
About the Recreation Planning Process
Why is DNR developing a recreation plan for DNR-managed lands in the Snoqualmie Corridor?
The Snoqualmie corridor, located in eastern King County, offers tremendous opportunities for outdoor recreation near the ever-growing Seattle metropolitan area. In the past 20 years, through land exchanges and other transactions, DNR has increased the amount of land it manages in the corridor. With all of this land available for recreation, the public, the trust beneficiaries, and the environment will be better served by a comprehensive and strategic approach to recreation management.
For more information about this recreation planning effort, download our fact sheet.
About the Planning Area
The Snoqualmie corridor recreation planning area encompasses 53,000 acres of DNR-managed state trust lands and natural areas, including:
- Raging River State Forest
- Middle Fork Snoqualmie Natural Resources Conservation Area (NRCA)
- West Tiger Mountain NRCA
- Tiger Mountain State Forest
- Rattlesnake Mountain Scenic Area
- Mount Si NRCA
- Rural forest lands near the community of Preston
>> View a map of the planning area. (322 KB jpg)
Recreation planning Committee
A 17-member, citizen-based Recreation Planning Committee is helping DNR develop recommendations for improving recreation in the Snoqualmie Corridor. Members were drawn from an impressive pool of applicants and represent diverse backgrounds and interests in a variety of recreation activities.
>> Learn more about the recreation planning committee
Public involvement is key to planning effort
During the planning process, DNR looked to citizens to help identify recreational issues and needs.
Open House: DNR kicked off the planning process in February 2012 with an open house, inviting the public to learn about the planning effort and provide input. You can view a presentation from the February 1 open house and read the comments from those who attended the open house.
Public Survey: DNR launched a survey in July 2012 to gain public input on how they would like DNR-managed lands in the Snoqualmie Corridor managed for the next 10-15 years. The results from this survey are helping to guide the citizen advisory committee as it works to improve recreation access and opportunities (summary).
Public Comment: The public will be able to comment on the draft plan throughout the planning process and during the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) review process.
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