Mt Adams Resource stewards

Climate Change Challenge: less water, worse droughts

Grant Award: $198,122; Year Awarded: 2015

Climate models project continued loss of glacier coverage and reduced snowpack on Mt. Adams, the highest peak in southern Washington and a major source of water for two “Wild and Scenic” watersheds and Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge. A partnership led by Mt. Adams Resource Stewards and including the US Fish and Wildlife Service and private landowners will implement ecologically based thinnings, vegetation treatments and will restore selected riparian and wet meadow systems. These activities will target non-glacier influenced headwater streams, given the important role they will play for future hydrologic regimes, and the forest systems that influence them in mid-elevation habitats that will be critical to ecosystem resilience given modeled climate impacts.