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. 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. We share our love of Mt. Adams by sponsoring hikes which are open to the general public, and by volunteering for monitoring and stewardship projects.
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 two 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.
PLEASE JOIN OUR WILDERNESS CONFERENCE ON MAY 3rd, 2014. 3rd
The Friends of Mount Adams and its partners cordially invite you to our 3rd exciting, one-day conference on Saturday, May 3rd, 2014. Once again, our venue is the spacious Trout Lake School, located on Highway 141 in the lovely Trout Lake Valley under the commanding southwest face of Mt. Adams. The theme this year is: “Celebrating 50 years of Wilderness: A Legacy for the Future”, paying homage to the monumental National Wilderness Act of 1964. For conference program, click here.
We’ll dive into a variety of wilderness topics such as the success (and failures) of legislation, quality of the “wilderness experience”, stewardship/restoration issues, advocacy strategies, volunteering, and educational opportunities. During the morning, we’ll have the rare privilege of enjoying presentations by Doug Scott, Troy Hall, and Peter Landres, three of the nation’s most experienced and distinguished leaders in wilderness advocacy, policy-making, education, and scientific research. In the afternoon, all of us will take part in panel discussions focusing on the Mt. Adams Wilderness, led by the three morning speakers and six local wilderness resource experts: Susan Saul, Gabrielle Snider, Justin Ewer, Jessica Hudec, Brendan Norman, and Bill Weiler.
As a bonus, at least a dozen local environmental groups will line the hall with their tables, exhibiting publications and project/activity information pertaining to the Mt. Adams Wilderness and other nearby wildernesses.
Refreshments are going to be available first thing in the morning and throughout the day, and a delicious, healthy box lunch will be served to those who register at least a week before the conference.
TO DOWNLOAD A DETAILED FLYER AND REGISTER, CLICK here. Registration must be received by April 26, 2014 to be guaranteed a lunch. For conference program, click here. For speakers’ abstracts and bios, click here.
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