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Bird Creek Meadows: Good, Bad & the Ugly

New bridge across Crooked Creek

The Good

WTA volunteers did a wonderful job of repairing and improving the Bird Lake Tr., Bluff Lake Tr., Round-the-Mountain Tr. and Trail of the Flowers.
 
The Bad 
(1) The Bird Creek road (Rd. 285) to Bird Lake is in, by far, the worst condition we’ve ever seen it. The road is very nearly impassable. (2) The Yakama Nation drift fence was in disrepair. Only part of it had been put up as of September 3rd. However, cattle have been passing through it freely all summer—as they did during the 2016 grazing season.
 
The Ugly
We counted at least 17 trespassing cows, yearling calves and a large bull in two different parts of the meadows. Most of the cattle were seen along Crooked Creek above the falls. Evidence clearly shows that cattle have grazed heavily throughout the Bird Creek Meadows for the past two years. Parts of the meadows look and smell like beaten-down cow pastures. Riparian areas are being trampled and severely impacted in a number of ways. For example, along streams nearly every clump of late-blooming Lewis’ monkeyflower has been eaten. Plant processes important for survival will undoubtedly be affected, because very few blooms or seed pods remained.
 
Read more, including where we go from here…
 

 

Winter 2017 Newsletter

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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:

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

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.

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).

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.  

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.

 

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.

 

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