DNR adds 97 acres to West Tiger Mountain Natural Resources Conservation Area
Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark signed an executive order Thursday adding 97 acres of mature Douglas fir forest to the West Tiger Mountain Natural Resources Conservation Area.
West Tiger Mountain NRCA encompasses 4,430 acres that range in elevation from 470 feet above sea level at Tradition Plateau to 2,948 feet at the summit of West Tiger Peak 1, the highest of three peaks within the natural area’s boundaries. The NRCA includes old-growth cedar and fir forests, along with important habitat for cougar, bobcat, elk and owls.
The land added to the NRCA is in the vicinity of the Blue Sky RV Park just southeast of the Preston exit on Interstate 90. The trees on the land are approximately 120 to 140 years old.
“It’s an area of older, mature forests,” said Katie Woolsey, the Department of Natural Resources’ natural areas manager. “Second-growth, with a few remnants of old-growth, is what will be protected.”
Woolsey said the acreage, which includes streams and tributaries leading to Soderman Creek, was “always deferred from (timber) harvest, always identified for conservation.”
The land was the last remaining older forest on Tiger Mountain that had not been conserved, Woolsey said.