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.
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.
How FOMA Got Started
FOMA, originally called Friends of Pahto (Mt. Adams Yakama name) was started in the mid 1970’s by Darryl and Darvel Lloyd, longtime Mt. Adams protection activists. A September 2004 Hood River Meadows proposal for a large ski area resort on Mt. Adams Yakama Nation land energized the organization to become a more formal group. Darryl Lloyd and other board members developed a campaign to stop the resort, including tribal leader visits, rallying support, producing information for the Yakama Nation Tribal Council and newspaper. The Yakama Nation decided not to approve the ski area proposal in the fall of 2004.
As of May, 2018, our board members are:
- Jocelyn Akins, Hood River
- Jurgen Hess, Hood River – Conservation Chair
- Darvel Lloyd, Portland
- Alec Maule, Underwood – Vice-Chair
- Paul Moyer, White Salmon
- Dean Myerson, The Dalles – Treasurer
- Bill Weiler, Lyle
The Friends of Mount Adams organization is a federal Non-Profit with 501(c)(3) status, so all donations are tax-deductible! Our tax ID number (EIN) is 27-0665753.
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:
2018: Tina Castanares, Michael Greenstreet, Michael Emrick, Kali Lightfoot, M A Leonard, Julie Odell, Steven Schapp
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.
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. Leonard, Hugh & Linda McMahan, Tom & Sandi Rousseau, and Kathy Keller-Jones, First time donors include: Charles Moore and Mary Ellen Kris.
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).
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.
2013: Linda Oram, Don Lichtenwald, Tom and Sandi Rousseau, Ken and Linda Maddox, and Ray Moulton.