Friends of Mount Adams
Friends of Mount Adams (FOMA) protects the Mt. Adams area, Washington, as an all volunteer nonprofit organization. We focus on Gifford Pinchot National Forest and Yakama Nation lands surrounding Mt. Adams. FOMA is managed by a board of directors. Group membership is open to all who share an interest in protecting Mount Adams. At this time there are no membership fees. However, we do accept donations (see end of page). Please contact us.
Purpose, Vision & What We Do
The organization’s purpose is to advocate for the protection of Mount Adams and the adjacent area. FOMA envisions the volcanic ecosystems of Mt. Adams as diverse and healthy. We work with the Forest Service and Yakama Nation, monitoring resource conditions, being part of the Mt. Adams District Collaborative and will take legal action when required. We share our love of Mt. Adams by sponsoring hikes and our annual fall one-day, science-based Mount Adams conference, which is open to the general public. Invited speakers address topics related to an annual conference theme such as Mt. Adams’ physical environment, culture, history, natural hazards, and natural resources management. Conference partners have included the Forest Service, Yakama Nation, and local non-profit environmental groups. Tables are available for speakers and local non-profit environmental groups to display and sell literature related to Mt. Adams (FOMA pre-approval required).
So far, we’ve held two highly successful, 1-day, science-based conferences for the general public, both at the Trout Lake School—an appropriately fine venue at the base of the mountain. Our first conference, with the theme, “Mount Adams in a Warming Climate,” was held on Nov. 11, 2011 and attracted 180 people. For a summary and speakers’ abstracts, go here. Our second conference, on Nov. 3, 2012, focused on “Flora and Fauna of Mount Adams”, and 150 were in attendance Read the 2012 speakers’ abstracts. A selection of the 2012 conference photos are shown on our gallery page.
Our next (third) conference is scheduled for Saturday, May 3, 2014, with the theme: “Celebrating 50 years of Wilderness: A Legacy for the Future”, to be held again at the Trout Lake School.
Paying homage to the 1964 Wilderness Act and focusing on wilderness values and management challenges, we are pleased to have confirmed the following main speakers: 1) Doug Scott, who recently retired as Policy Director, Campaign for America’s Wilderness (Pew Charitable Trusts, Wash. D.C.) and former Northwest Representative for the Sierra Club; 2) Professor Troy Hall, Ph.D., from the University of Idaho’s (Moscow, ID) Dept. of Conservation Social Sciences, and 3) Peter Landres, Ph.D., with the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute, U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station, (Missoula, MT).
After these speakers’ addresses in the morning, we’ll present a choice of more informal, topical break-out sessions with expert-led panel discussions during the afternoon. We are keeping the cost low: $35/adult and $20/student, including lunch. For Registration by PayPal, go here. Please check this website for updates.
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