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Martin Rosen, President Emeritus, Trust for Public Land
Joan Rosen, Volunteer Ranger Naturalist, Anza Borrego Desert State Park
The Rosens reside in Carmel, California. They are in California's 17th Congressional District and their U.S. Representative is Sam Farr, whom they say knew Ansel Adams well and may also have known Carl Sharsmith.
Bill asked that I respond to your email.
First, it is good to hear from you! I am amazed how this initiative is bringing together so many of our former Yosemite colleagues and friends.
You may recall the notion of naming the highest peak south of White Mountain after Carl first surfaced in the late 1970's when I was nominally Carl's "supervisor." During my NPS tenure (1975-1986) the Tuolumne naturalists offered an all-day naturalist led hike every day. Two of the hikes were in the area of peak 12002 - the Skelton Lakes basin and the mines north of upper Gaylor Lake. Dick Ewart and I informally talked a number of times about naming 12002 after Carl. Why? It is a peak easily viewed from the meadows, especially Puppy Dome. And, it overlooks Carl's most beloved botanical area - the Dana Plateau (the location where he discovered the plant that is named after him.) I fondly remember escorting Carl with Dick on his last hike up to the Dana Plateau to see the plant that is now named after him. I will try to unearth the priceless photograph of Carl beaming when he reached the plateau.
If my memory serves me correctly Dick Ewart may have accompanied you on the attempts to take Carl to 12002. I know Dick and I talked with Carl multiple times about naming 12002 after him, as did others. One of the individuals that comes to mind was a former Tuolumne visitor center interpreter Wilma Bowman ~ who took it upon herself to feed Carl a proper dinner throughout the summers. I cannot recall Carl ever objecting to the suggestion.
I know of no data on whether naming a mountain increases the number of visitors. I would venture to say that most peak baggers do not otherwise assign much "significance" to peak 12002. But that's just a hunch on my part. Conness is the major draw for hikers/climbers along this section of the crest. Those who go out of their way to go off trail to climb White Mountain likely do so without giving much thought to its name. The same is probably true for Gibbs as well. Also, the vast majority of hikers and climbers are largely ignorant of the history and significance of Yosemite's place names - many of which in the Tuolumne region are named after US army officers, their wives, and assorted geologists (e.g., I believe Conness never visited the Tuolumne area.) The priority seems to be how high the mountain is...if the peak is in the top 3 or 5 in terms of height in the park...and lastly the shape of the peak.
At the end of the day I think we all agree that we want a lasting tribute to Carl and his unmatched contributions to interpreting Yosemite's high country ~ before those who have first-hand knowledge of Carl fade into the sunset.
All the best,
James Sano| Vice President – Travel, Tourism, and Conservation
World Wildlife Fund
1250 24th St. NW Washington DC 20037
From: Dick Ewart [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Jim and Laurie,