Friends of Mount Adams
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 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 to educate the public about the mountain, including the surrounding area . FOMA goal is to help maintain, as much as possible, the diversity and health of the volcanic ecosystems of Mt. Adams. We also 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 is involved with the Mt. Adams District Collaborative Group and partners with organizations such as the Gifford Pinchot Task Force and the Friends of White Salmon River, taking legal action when required. Please check our “Issues“ section for the latest developments with the Mt. Adams Grazing Allotment.
We share our love of Mt. Adams by sponsoring one day of hikes during the summer (all free and open to the public). Five exhilarating, photogenic, and educational hikes are scheduled on Sat., August 9th, on 4 sides of the mountain, ranging from “easy” (3 miles and 850 feet of elevation gain/loss), to “most difficult” (11 miles and 2800 feet of gain/loss). To see or download a more detailed description of each hike, including images and a map of the routes (a PDF), click here.
Since 2011, we’ve sponsored occasional one-day, science-based Mount Adams conferences, which are always open to the general public. Invited speakers address topics related to an annual conference theme; i.e., 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 literature related to Mt. Adams (FOMA pre-approval required).
So far, we’ve held three highly successful 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 THIRD, ONE-DAY CONFERENCE WAS HELD ON MAY 3rd, 2014, AND IT WAS A BIG SUCCESS! Our theme was:“Celebrating 50 years of Wilderness: A Legacy for the Future”, paying homage to the monumental National Wilderness Act of 1964. For a summary of the conference, click here. To look at the conference program, click here. For speakers’ abstracts and bios, click here. We’ve posted some images of it on our gallery page.
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