Our first conference “Mount Adams in a Warming Climate” held on November 11, 2011 was a resounding success. Around 180 people attended the all-day conference at Trout Lake, WA. Our conference partners included the Yakama Nation, US Forest Service (Gifford Pinchot National Forest), Gifford Pinchot Task Force, and the Friends of White Salmon River,
Six speakers covered a wide range of topics. Darryl Lloyd provided a geographic overview of the Mt. Adams Volcano, its ownership/management, drainages and vegetation habitats. Archeologists Cheryl Mack and Rick McClure of the Forest Service spoke about human ecology, culture, and history of Mt. Adams. Dr. Andrew Fountain of Portland State University presented a recent study of Twentieth Century glacier change on Mt. Adams. Dr. Jeremy Littell of the University of Washington Climate Impacts Group discussed current and expected future effects of warming on alpine and subalpine ecosystems. Dr. Robert Scheller of Portland State University wrapped it up with a presentation on long-term impacts of fire management, climate change and forest management as they relate to carbon balance and carbon sequestration. Speaker abstracts are available here. Go here for conference photos provided by Susan Hess and here for reporting by a local newspaper.