Agency develops plan to guide recreation in Snoqualmie corridor

The public can comment until Dec. 19 on the proposed Snoqualmie Corridor Recreation Plan that will cover 53,000 acres. The plan will guide recreation in the areas for the next 10 to 15 years.

The state Department of Natural Resources has released the plan for State Environmental Policy Act review, which includes a public meeting Dec. 10.

The area runs along both sides of Interstate 90, from Issaquah to the western end of Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. The area in the plan includes Tiger Mountain, Rattlesnake Mountain, Raging River State Forest, the state trust lands surrounding Preston, and Mount Si and Middle Fork Snoqualmie natural resources conservation areas. More than 800,000 outdoor enthusiast visit the area each year.

“The Snoqualmie corridor is a high-priority area for us due to its large size and how close it is to large numbers of people,” department planner Laura Cooper said in a news release. “Once the plan is in place, we’ll be able to meet our conservation and trust revenue responsibilities while more effectively partnering with interest groups to provide quality outdoor recreation experiences.”

Seventeen citizen volunteers, representing diverse backgrounds, communities and interests, helped with the development of the plan, serving as the Recreation Planning Committee during the past 14 months.

Among the activities that can be enjoyed on DNR-managed lands in the corridor are hiking, mountain biking, paragliding, hang gliding, horseback riding, trail running, kayaking, rafting, rock climbing, wildlife watching and picnicking.