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Cattle intrusion into the wilderness and Bird Creek Meadows has long been an issue of concern for FOMA, but we are now happy
to report that both the Forest Service and the Yakama Nation have erected solid fences at the legal boundary for cattle grazing as of
2021. These fences are monitored frequently and we have accompanied these Forest Service monitoring trips. There is no evidence of cattle
intrusion into Bird Creek Meadows as of 2021.
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Nearly 100 people packed the library meeting room at the White Salmon Library to watch a presentation on the carnivores of Mt Adams. Presenters were two biologists with expertise in the region. Jocelyn Akins, PhD., of the Cascade Carnivore Project presented on the Cascade red fox and and Jeff Lewis, PhD. from Olympia spoke about the reintroduction of the fisher in southern Washington.
Cry the Beloved Meadows
by Darryl Lloyd
[NOTE: This article dates from years ago. Friends of Mt Adams is happy to report that both the Forest Service and the Yakama Nation have erected solid fences at the legal boundary for cattle grazing as of 2021. These fences are monitored frequently and we have accompanied these Forest Service monitoring trips. There is no evidence of cattle intrusion into Bird Creek Meadows as of 2021.]
The Bird Creek Meadows—largely within the Yakama Nation Mount Adams Recreation Area—is one of the most treasured subalpine parklands in the Cascades. Its spectacular wildflower displays are well-known to botanists and nature lovers across the country. The Native Plant Society lists 162 plant species, including 10 conifers. On the mountain’s southern slope, over 100 glades and meadows form a triangular area between 5,700 feet and 7,100 feet. Tumbling down through the beautiful meadows are about a dozen spring-fed streams, most of which flow into Bird Creek.
On Sunday (9/3/17), Darvel and I checked out trails and documented extensive cattle trespass and adverse impacts in the Bird Creek Meadows within the Yakama Reservation boundary. (Note: Friends of Mount Adams are partners in the Washington Trails Association’s trail-maintenance project. Access by road to Bird Lake and the meadows has been closed to the public for the past two years, but we went in as part of the WTA group.)
Final count for the hike was 10 enthusiastic hikers. We fought the same dusty, booby-trapped road all the rest of you did and arrived at the trail head at 9:15. The temperature for the entire hike was perfect and there were zero mosquitoes! The … Continue reading
Depart BCM park lot at 10:10am, Hellroaring VP at 12:25, return BCM park lot 2:27pm. Ten attendees (as planned) plus Jurgen and Ray as trip leaders for 12 total. Everyone was on time and enthusiastic. Several people documented the … Continue reading
I greatly enjoyed the hike with you all yesterday! Except for some biting flies at Horseshoe Meadow and a little heat in the late p.m., it was a delight! I think we went about 9.5 mi., incl. diversion to Graveyard … Continue reading
We were one person short of a full group due to a cancellation yesterday that didn’t get filled. We met and were off at about 8:45 and hit the trial at 9:30. Perfect weather but lots of biting flies, worse … Continue reading