We had a wonderful, exhilarating, thought-provoking little conference in the shadow of 12,276-ft. Mt. Adams at Trout Lake, WA yesterday! About 110 people from all over the Pacific Northwest participated to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act and the Mt. Adams Wilderness. Speakers Doug Scott, Dr. Troy Hall and Dr. Peter Landres provided diverse perspectives of Wilderness, from the political to the social to the ecological and ethical. Following a delicious box lunch prepared by the Trout Lake High School Honor Society, participants attended break-out sessions where they could interact with the speakers and one another. And we had more than a dozen local organizations who are involved with Wilderness and/or Mt. Adams, exhibiting their photos, maps, and materials.
Thank you to the Friends of Mount Adams Board, all of our conference partners: the Mt. Adams Ranger District and Gifford Pinchot National Forest headquarters (U.S. Forest Service), Gifford Pinchot Task Force, Friends of the White Salmon River, Trout Lake School, Mt. Adams Institute, and the Yakama Nation.
We also want to thank our exhibitors, the Backcountry Horsemen of Washington, Columbia Gorge Ecology Institute, Friends of White Salmon River, Gifford Pinchot Task Force, Great Old Broads for Wilderness, Mt. Adams Ranger District, Mt. Adams Institute/Cascade Mountain School, Mt. Adams Forest Stewards, Pacific Crest Trail Association, Suksdorfia Chapter of the WA Native Plant Society, Washington Trails Association, and Wilderness Watch.
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