The Friends of Mount Adams Presents:
“CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF WILDERNESS: A LEGACY FOR THE FUTURE”
Saturday, May 3, 2014 at the Trout Lake School
8:15 – 9:00 a.m. Check-in, Registration
9:00 – 9:15 Welcome and introductions: Jurgen Hess, FOMA’s Past Chair and Conference M/C
9:15 – 9:25 Opening remarks: Gerald Lewis, Yakama Nation Tribal Council
9:30 – 10:00 “50 Years of Progress for Wilderness: From Mt. Adams Around the World”: Doug Scott, Chair of the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance, past Policy Coordinator, Campaign for America’s Wilderness, and former Conservation Director of the Sierra Club.
10:00 – 10:15 Morning refreshment break
10:15 – 11:00 “Wilderness Values and Wilderness Experiences: Looking Back, Looking Forward” : Professor Troy Hall, Chair of the Dept. of Conservation Social Sciences, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID
11:05 – 11:50 “The Central Dilemma of Wilderness Stewardship: Should Restoration Actions Be Taken Inside Wilderness?”: Dr. Peter Landres, Ecologist and Program Leader, Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute, U.S. Forest Service, Missoula, MT.
11:50 – 1:00 Lunch break; and time for individual questions to speakers; Visit exhibitors’ tables, buy books and maps from Waucoma’s table, sign up for events/volunteer opportunities, etc.
1:00 – 1:05 p.m. Break-out sessions explained: Jurgen Hess
1:15 – 2:15 First round of break-out panel discussions: Your choice! (main hall and three other rooms nearby)
“Recreation Challenges: The Human Element”: What are the main issues threatening the quality of the recreational experiences of users in the Mt. Adams Wilderness? Led by David Wickwire, Justin Ewer (Recreation and Wilderness Managers at the Mt. Adams Ranger District), and Troy Hall.
“Managing and Manipulating Wilderness Ecosystems”. How should the Mt. Adams land managers protect and improve ecosystem health, given the increased spread of wildfires, tree diseases, unusual weather and geological events, human use, and other factors? Led by Jessica Hudec, Fire Ecologist at the Gifford Pinchot National Forest Headquarters in Vancouver) and Peter Landres.
“Advocacy: Preserving and Protecting Wilderness”: How can we all be more effective in advocating for not only preserving what Wilderness we now have, but also for increasing the size of our National Wilderness System and protecting other roadless areas from development? Led by Susan Saul, (long-time Wilderness advocate and naturalist from Vancouver, WA) and Doug Scott.
“Volunteering, Restoration, Research, and Learning Opportunities”: What can you do for Wilderness? What opportunities are available to students and the rest of the general public in the Mt. Adams Wilderness and other local wilderness areas? Led by Brendan Norman (Executive Director of the Mt. Adams Institute in Trout Lake, and Bill Weiler (Board Chair of the Columbia Gorge Ecology Institute, wildlife biologist, and writer from Lyle, WA).
2:15 – 2:30 Afternoon refreshment break
2:30 – 3:30 Second round of break-out panel discussions: Your choice! (same as above, repeated again)
3:40 – 3:55 Summary of most notable points from break-out sessions Panel moderators
3:55 – 4:00 Closing remarks and thank you’s: Jurgen Hess
4:00 – 4:30 Time for re-visiting exhibitors’ tables and saying good-bye’s