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Friends of Mount Adams

Fall 2019 Newsletter

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Special Notice

The Yakama Nation has closed their Mt. Adams Recreation Area to the public for the entire summer season because they are reconstructing their road and will have no other personnel in the area.

Snowmobiling Prohibited

Snowmobiling is prohibited within all Yakama Nation lands, including the YN Mount Adams Recreation Area. The Yakama Nation manages its lands consistent with its Natural Resources Policy Plan and Forest Management Plan to protect its natural resources, especially the habitat of sensitive species such as mountain goats, white-tailed ptarmigan, red fox, and the extremely rare wolverine. Snowmobiles are especially harmful, because they can leak gas and oil into the snowpack (including snow/ice-covered lakes), damage young trees and shrubs, cause erosion and ruts, and spread broken parts across the landscape. Snowmobiling on the tribe’s sacred “Pahto” violates Yakama Nation laws and shows disrespect to the members’ religious and cultural beliefs.

Video showing illegal snowmobiling on Hellroaring ridge with Adams and Hellroaring valley in the background is from 2014. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Om20X4OYJA.

Hellroaring ridge trespass photo 4-17-17 by Jill Grimes, Vancouver. WA


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Left: Snowmobile tracks on Hellroaring ridge on 5/7/17, aerial photo by Darryl Lloyd

Center & Right:Snowmobiles on Little Mt Adams, April 3, 2016, posted by Trout Lake Cozy Cabins

Friends of Mount Adams (FOMA) is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, originally founded in the 1970’s as “Friends of Pah-to”. We focus on the enormous, 230-square-mile mountain located in south-central Washington state, which lies mostly on Gifford Pinchot National Forest and Yakama Nation lands.

FOMA is managed by a board of directors, and informal membership is open to all who share an interest in protecting and celebrating Mount Adams. At this time there are no membership fees; however, we do accept donations.  We are extremely grateful for the following generous individuals who have donated cash from 2013 to the present, enabling FOMA to be a credible and effective organization:

2018: Tina Castanares, Michael Greenstreet, Michael Emrick, Kali Lightfoot, M A Leonard, Julie Odell, Steven Schapp

2017: We are having another banner year!  Our huge THANKS to: Brad Johnson,  Ron Cohen & Christie Smith, Lloyd & Anne Kaufman, Tina Castanares, Kathleen & Barry Jones, Ann Littlewood, John Ligon, Daniel Anderson and Joy Strand, Keith Gunnar, Lloyd & Anne Kaufman, Brad Johnson, Ron Cohen & Christie Smith, Pamela Parker, Janice Morgan, Rachel Haymon and Ken Macdonald, and David Berger.

2016:   Kathleen Keller-Jones and Barry Jones, Daniel Anderson and Joy Strand, F. Nolan and Debra Jones, Keith Gunnar, Michael Mills, Leslie Labbe, Tina Castanares (first sustaining donor!), Becki and Pat Rawson, Kelly and Marilyn Enochs (Kelly’s B&B), Tom & Sandi Rousseau, and Mary Ellen Kris, Charles Moore, Kirk & Marsha Vogel.

2016 End of Year Donations to FOMA:  We are very pleased to report that we received eight end-of-year donations totaling $2,835 from very generous supporters, including our first sustaining donor, Tina Castanares. In addition to Tina, I must mention Larry Church who contributed a whopping $2,000, and Kirk & Marsha Vogel (Vogel Foundation), with a donation of $500. Repeated donations were received from M.A. LeonardHugh & Linda McMahanTom & Sandi Rousseau, and Kathy Keller-Jones, First time donors include: Charles Moore and Mary Ellen Kris.  

2015: Ken Maddox, M.A. Leonard, Julie Larson & David Berger, Marsha & Kirk Vogel, Todd & Krissy Biernacki, Hugh & Linda McMahan, Tom & Sandi Rousseau.  In Memory of Henry Clay (“HC”) Tupper:  Marilyn Turner, Janice Morgan, Janis Beeson & Lee Norwitz, and Edward Bondurant (incl. a matching gift from his employer, Bank of America/Merrill-Lynch).


2014: Leslie Labbe, Loretta Sharpe, Mt. Adams Ranger District (U.S.Forest Service), Bill Weiler, Don & Judy Thomas, M.A. Leonard, David Berger & Julie Larson, and Julie Marr.

2013: Linda Oram, Don Lichtenwald, Tom and Sandi Rousseau, Ken and Linda Maddox, and Ray Moulton.

Purpose, Vision & What We Do

The organization’s mission is to understand, protect, and celebrate Mount Adams and its surrounding ecosystems through education, research, stewardship, advocacy, and public events.  We strive to assist the land managers in preserving the quality of recreational experiences for all user groups, including preventing user conflict and damage.  We work closely with the Forest Service and Yakama Nation, monitoring the mountain’s resource conditions and volunteering occasionally for stewardship projects.  FOMA  members are involved with projects of the Mt. Adams District Collaborative Group, Cascade Carnivores Project, the Gifford Pinchot Task Force, the Friends of White Salmon River, and other groups.  We take legal action when required.  Please check our Issues section for the latest developments with the Mt. Adams Grazing Allotment.


Become a “Friend of Mount Adams”!   Sign up to receive occasional news by e-mail about events, action alerts, annual hikes and more. (Note: If you’re already on Darryl’s email list, you don’t need to “sign up.”)

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