Registration is open for Friends of Mount Adams wilderness conference

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TROUT LAKE — Registration is open for the Friends of Mount Adams’ third annual conference on May 3, this year titled “Celebrating 50 Years of Wilderness: A Legacy for the Future.’’

The event will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Trout Lake School along Highway 141 in Trout Lake. Registration costs $35 for an adult and $20 for students. Registration must be received by Saurday to be guaranteed a lunch.

Morning presentations will include:

• Doug Scott of Seattle, recently retired policy director of The Campaign for America’s Wilderness. Scott’s keynote address will be “50 Years of Progress for Wilderness from Mount Adams and Around the World.’’

• Troy Hall, professor of conservation social sciences at the University of Idaho, on “Wilderness Values and Wilderness Experiences: Looking Back and Looking Forward.’’

• Peter Landres, research scientist at the Forest Service’s Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute in Montana, on “The Central Dilemma of Wilderness Stewardship: Should Restoration Actions be Taken Inside Wilderness.’’

Afternoon sessions, repeated twice, will include:

• Doug Scott and Susan Saul, a longtime Southwest Washington forest protection activist, on “Advocacy: Preserving and Protecting Wilderness.’’

• Justin Ewer and David Wickwire of the Mount Adams District of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, along with Troy Hall, on “Recreational Challenges/The Human Element.’’

• Jessica Hudec, fire ecologist for the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, and Peter Landres on “Managing/Manipulating Wilderness Ecosystems.’’

• Bill Weiler and Brendan Norman on “What You Can Give for Wilderness: Volunteering, Restoration and Research Opportunities.’’

A check for registration may be mailed to Friends of Mount Adams, P.O. Box 1914, White Salmon, WA, 98672, by credit card through PayPal at mtadamsfriends.org/2014-conference/.