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STATUS REPORT OF circa September 1, 2007


This email gives the status of the proposal to name a mountain peak at the joint border of Yosemite National Park and Inyo National Forest for naturalist Dr. Carl W. Sharsmith. You may be aware of this Sharsmith Peak naming proposal from other communications the Name4Carl Committee has sent and with the website on the proposal at www.name4carl.org. If you do not wish to receive emails from the committee, inform the committee at email  

Our last status report was sent circa May 29-June 1, 2007.  


The board published in its quarterly review list 392 released June 27, 2006, a proposal relating to this name presented by George W. Durkee. Go to this link for that proposal and scroll down to the California section where you will find the Sharsmith Peak entry: http://geonames.usgs.gov/docs/dockets/reviewlist392.pdf.  

Your Name4Carl Committee transmitted its proposal form to the board on January 9, 2007, including supporting statements from many individuals and organizations. You can see your committee's proposal form and its transmitting letter by going to www.name4carl.org/n4cprop.htm. Also there is the letter from the board dated January 12, 2007, acknowledging receipt of your committee's proposal and a letter to the board from your committee responding to some points the board raised.

 Letter of July 23, 2007 (for the full text of that letter, click on the two attachments above [or here.] Mr. Lou Yost, Executive Secretary of the U.S. Board on Geographic Names, reports in his letter of July 23, 2007, that the California Board on Geographic Names has voted to not recommend approval of the name, citing the restrictions of the board’s policy against establishing new names in wilderness areas unless an exception is warranted. The U.S. Board also received opposition from an individual who believed that the peak’s being at the edge of wilderness rather than in it did not exclude it from the policy and that there is no overriding need that warrants an exception [click here for that letter]. Some 4 letters of support were also noted. 

Mr. Yost notes that Tuolumne County, the National Park Service, and the U.S. Forest Service had not responded to the Board’s request for input, and that the Board also is seeking input from native American groups in the area.  

Mr. Yost notes that the public is welcome at board meetings, held the second Thursday of each month at the headquarters of the Department of the Interior at 18th and C Streets, NW, Washington, D.C. but that the October meeting will be held in Lexington, Kentucky to coincide with the Annual Council of Geographic Names Authorities (see http://cogna50usa.org). Your committee hopes that supporting persons can attend these meetings, and should get further details from Mr. Yost if they can attend.

Although your committee has informed the entities the board listed of the proposal, if you support the naming proposal and have contacts with any of these entities, it is important--even vital--that you ensure these entities are aware of the proposal’s merits and that they take supporting action. The website www.name4carl.org can help you do this.

Even if you have already sent a supporting statement to the board, it would be useful for them to hear from you again. If you sent a copy of your earlier statement to your committee, it is posted on the Name4Carl website at www.name4carl.org/n4csupp.htm; it has been transmitted to the board and can be used to formulate a new statement. If you know of others who might wish to send in supporting statements to the board, it is not too late to encourage them to do so. Send supporting statements to the board at this new address:

Mr. Louis A. Yost
Executive Secretary
U.S. Board on Geographic Names
U.S. Geological Survey
523 National Center
Reston, VA 20192-0523.

Your committee would appreciate copies of any statements forwarded to the board. Send them to email or to your committee’s address at the bottom of this email.

Why does your continued involvement matter? To the extent judgment areas are gray, strong support for the naming may tip the balance in favor.

Yours for Carl,

Name 4 Carl Committee: Bill Jones (lead member), Bob Barbee, Bryan Harry, Len McKenzie, Wayne Merry, Jack Morehead, Owen Hoffman, Bob Fry, Douglass Hubbard, Allen Berrey, Jim Sano, and Bill Wendt. 

Bill Jones
Name4Carl Committee
0637 Blue Ridge Road
Silverthorne, CO 08498-8927

Email: email
Website: http://www.name4carl.org
Phone and Fax: 970/468-7673

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