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 and celebrating 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 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.
Annual Hiking Day, July 11
We share our love of Mt. Adams by sponsoring an annual “Hiking Day” during the summer. The hikes are free and open to the public. View or download a detailed description of the hikes scheduled this summer, with registration instructions. Note: The Horseshoe Meadow hike has been cancelled due to the “Horseshoe” Fire. (see below for more details about the fire and road/trail closures. On Thurs., July 9, we had to cancel the Ridge of Wonders hikes because the Yakama Tribe closed the old Island Spring Trail and the route to Little Mt. Adams. The Bird Creek Meadows, loop hike on designated trails is proceeding as planned, unless a fire develops in the area. The Bird Creek road remains open, but is extremely rough.
THE MT. ADAMS COMPLEX FIRES
The Forest Service is now (7-14-2015) mopping up the relatively small wildfires on the west side of Mt. Adams, hopeful that more hot weather and winds moving in will not re-ignite and spread them. Forest Road 23 is open to the public. For more details, go to our Facebook page; or for regular updates from the Forest Service, go to: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4360/
One-day conferences (2011 – 2014)
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, with about 120 folks participating. 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 images of it on our gallery page.
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