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DALLAS L. PECK , deceased, former Director, U.S. Geological Survey:
2003: "I think it's very appropriate to name some
geographic feature in Yosemite after Carl."
2003: "Looks to me you have pretty compelling reasons to
proceed with 12002...Sharsmith Peak has a nice ring to it."
ELIZABETH STONE O'NEILL, Groveland, California, Yosemite author and
January 14, 2004: "By
having the name [Sharsmith Peak] continually in evidence, it will provide a
way of bringing Carl's message to those who did not know him--his message of
love for the natural environment and of ongoing scientifically based inquiry
into the ways of the wild."
RICHARD E. ZSCHEILE, Aptos, California, Tuolumne Meadows park
visitor since 1948 and advocate of Sharsmith naming at least since1977.
October 26, 2006: "I met
Dr. Sharsmith in 1948, and saw him frequently, having been to Tuolumne
Meadows nearly every year since 1948... He slowly became my most admired
person in the world. He influenced thousands of visitors with his
expertise of botany and appreciation of nature... Sharsmith deserves a peak
to be named after him."
SUPERINTENDENT, YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK
December 7, 1977:
"...it would be a most deserving reward to name a mountain peak or lake
after Dr. Sharsmith."--Superintendent Arnberger
November 21, 1979: "...action
is now underway to introduce a Congressional bill to name a peak in Yosemite
National Park after Dr. Sharsmith...Geographic features cannot be named for
living persons [in] the normal procedure...However we recently learned of
the Congressional option that the Yosemite Natural History Association is
pursuing. It is our hope that the legislative process will be expedited so
that the formal designation of the peak will materialize soon...He is a rare
individual and he truly deserves the recognition"--Superintendent Binnewies
Circa 1980 (memo to Director,
National Park Service): "The Yosemite Natural History Association proposes
to carry out the necessary paperwork to propose the naming of a mountain
peak in Yosemite National Park after Dr. Carl Sharsmith...In order to
facilitate the process during his lifetime, it has been suggested that we go
through the Congress. Therefore, YNHA proposes to provide Congressman Coelho
with the necessary material to support the introduction of a bill. Please
let me know if you concur."--Superintendent Binnewies
August 18, 1980: "...we
informed you that the Yosemite Natural History Association was promoting
Congressional action to name a peak in Yosemite for Dr. Sharsmith...The
result of that effort was not the authorization sought...The Association is
now pursuing that original objective... We'll be happy to let you know
whether this attempt leads to the designation of Mt. Sharsmith or Sharsmith
Peak."--signed by William N. Burgen for Superintendent Binnewies
Santa Rosa, California. former minister of
Yosemite Chapel, Christian Ministry in the National Parks
November 17, 2003: "...for
naming a feature for Carl Sharsmith...I didn't have much to contribute
except my enthusiasm for the idea!"
CARL SHARSMITH, 1903-1994, Yosemite ranger-naturalist and San Jose
State University Professor of Botany
January 20, 1977:
"Again, in connection with naming a peak or any other landmark...I'm not
opposed to your, Bob's Marilyn's, and Eileen's proposition [to name a peak
for Carl]. Furthermore, to be asked if I have a preference for some one or
other point is an honor, too! The one you mentioned (pk. at s. end Kuna
Crest, 12,106') would be wonderful. In the 50's...I thought of an un-named
peak an airline mile or so southwest of Mt. Lyell. I looked at it more than
once when I took parties up Mt. Lyell. Its altitude on my old maps (I don't
have one of the 15-minute ones) is about 12,700'. What a dandy one that
would be!"--quoted by Henry Berrey in letter of July 11, 1980 to Congressman
August 26, 1991: After asking
Carl if a peak was to be named for him, Bill Jones noted on a file card,
"Sharsmith Peak will be point 12002 north of Granite Lake." (Oral
communication to Bill Jones)
November 5, 2006: (conversation
recalled with Carl by Michael Ross)--"I knew that Carl wanted a peak named
after him...I asked Carl if he would like 12,002 to be Sharsmith Peak and he
was very enthusiastic about that choice...I talked to Dick Ewart and other
Naturalists in Tuolumne...We all thought it was a great choice and started
calling it Sharsmith Peak."
June 5, 2006: "May your
project thrive! Fare Forward."
- 8) DALE MAHARIDGE,
Pulitzer prize winning author, faculty member Columbia University, wrote
text for Yosemite: A Landscape of Life including photoessay on Carl
June 12, 2006: "I would
love to write a letter. Your effort is a good one. I will do so soonest."
- 9) WILLIAM R. "BILL"
JONES, Silverthorne, Colorado, former Yosemite National Park Chief
Park Naturalist, park planner, VistaBooks publisher.
April 24, 2006: " My reason
for proposing this name...is multi-faceted: To provide inspiration through
the example of this dedicated scientist and educator so that current and
successive generations will continue to develop information on the natural
features of this region to allow it to be best managed. And to inspire park
staff to effectively communicate gained knowledge...The end result will be
the continuation of the natural values...the U.S. Congress has directed be
(now Yosemite Conservancy), El Portal, California
September 8, 1976: "It's
my greatest ambition to start the process grinding to have a Yosemite
mountain named for [Dr. Sharsmith]"--Henry Berrey
August 20, 1980: "I do hope
we can cut through the red tape and get a mountain named for this fine
January 7, 2002: "The
board of the association discussed the matter at its last meeting, and has
agreed to endorse the plan [to name a Sharsmith Peak]...The Yosemite
Association would lend its name and support to the initiative, and also
notify our members about it." [letter from Steve Medley, President.]
September 9, 2006: at its
annual meeting, the Board of the Yosemite Association endorsed the proposal
once again. Before a letter reporting this action could be prepared,
however, President Steve Medley died in an auto accident.
JULY 16, 2007: "On behalf of the Yosemite Association, we wish to express
our enthusiastic support for the naming of peak 12,002 in honor of the late
Dr. Carl W. Sharsmith. Our Board of Trustees voted unanimously to endorse
this proposal..." letter from Christina Holloway as Chair, Board of
Trustees, and David J. Guy as Chief Executive Officer.
N. KING HUBER, deceased, Mountain View, California, Geologist
Emeritus, U.S. Geological Survey, author of Geologic History of Yosemite
September 23, 2003:
"Carl's contributions to the lore of Yosemite were outstanding and he is as
deserving of having a Mountain Peak named for him as was Ansel Adams.
Indeed, over time Carl left a lasting personal imprint on more park visitors
than Ansel ever did...I would be willing to provide an endorsement.."
October 6, 2006: "I
wholeheartedly support naming a peak overlooking his beloved Tuolumne
Meadows for Carl Sharsmith."
DOUGLASS H. HUBBARD, Fredericksburg, Texas, Yosemite Chief Park
Naturalist 1955-1966, NPS Chief of Interpretation and Visitor Services at
Washington Office 1966-68, Manager NPS Harpers Ferry Design Center1969-1970,
publisher. Deceased, photo:
December 23, 2003:
"During a 30-year career with the National Park Service I observed and
worked with many ranger-naturalists. In my opinion none surpassed Carl
Sharsmith. I attended many of his campfire programs. I climbed to the summit
of Mt. Lyell with him and spent seven days with him on the High Sierra Loop
Trail. Park visitors loved him and he loved teaching them in his
distinctive, folksy style. Nothing could be more natural than to name
a peak for him among the High Sierra flowers he knew better than anyone."
April 27, 2006: "Carl was
magical in the true sense of the word. He brought a new meaning and
appreciation of nature to thousands of park visitors. In our world of
turmoil few mountain peaks have been named for individuals who knew and
admired them for most of a lifetime as Carl did. Even though future visitors
will not know this peaceful man, it is fitting that a peak he loved and
which they will enjoy should bear his name."
JUNE 4, 2007: "In a career of 45 years as a park naturalist and museum
director with the National Park Service and Texas Parks and Wildlife I can
say without hesitancy that I never worked with a better naturalist than Carl
Sharsmith...Many Yosemite peaks bear names of famous personages...But I
don't know of a single one that was named for a man who brought
understanding of nature to the thousands who walked with him as did Carl
WAYNE MERRY, Atlin, British Columbia, Canada, former Yosemite
National Park climbing school director, former park naturalist and ranger at
Tuolumne Meadows, former Chief Ranger of Olympic and Mount McKinley (now
Denali) National Parks, world-class mountaineer and mountain rescue and
first aid expert, author, plant taxonomy student of Carl Sharsmith
May 7, 2006:
"While I am normally opposed to naming peaks
for individuals...most of us feel that people like Carl, who have spent
their lives educating, enthralling, delighting and getting people in touch
with their environment deserved to bestow their names on the places they
have so profoundly inhabited. He discovered a number of new species in the
Yosemite Sierra as well as bringing countless thousands of people to an
appreciation of the range and its biota. I have no doubt that his lessons
have spread to millions by now."
BUTCH FARABEE, former Tuolumne Meadows District Ranger at Yosemite
National Park, author of National Park Ranger: an American Icon
November 30, 2006: "It would
be a fitting testimonial to the national park ideal for future, young
interpreters to stand in this mountain's shadow--and...point toward the
granite prominence off in the distance and to their young charges, say "And
there is Sharsmith Peak!"
BRYAN HARRY, Honolulu, Hawaii, former Chief Park Naturalist and
Valley District Manager, Yosemite National Park, former NPS Regional
May 25, 2006: "I regard
Sharsmith as the greatest interpreter of the wild and scientific values of
the high Sierra since John Muir...By happenstance Carl’s tenure in Yosemite
corresponded with the park’s continual quest to understand and manage meadow
encroachment by forests, fuel buildup during times of maximum fire control,
visitor crowdedness damaging wilderness, air pollution dimming the vibrant
visibility of the Sierra viewscapes, and over-development of visitor
facilities. His was the constant voice rationally interpreting these
concerns to the public... My own love of the Sierra is a thousand fold more
profound--for I was educated by Carl Sharsmith."
DEBRA PLANT, Auburn, California, assistant to City Manager, Rocklin,
May 23, 2006: "...how
[will] the world be made a better place by labeling the peak
'Sharsmith'[?} When my children and grandchildren travel to [the area], I
can point out the peak and tell the tale of Dr. Sharsmith...who, for years,
gave himself to [the area] to make others love it and care for it as it
should be. In my town, when the school kids come for a tour of a City
facility named after one of the 'old-timers", they hear of the good deeds
and the integrity of that individual...I hope that the voices raised in [Dr.
Sharsmith's] memory...bring about the naming of Sharsmith Peak...so the
tales can be told, and children can lift up their eyes to ideals greater
than they have not yet even imagined."
F. OWEN HOFFMAN, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, former Crater Lake, Zion, and
Yosemite National Parks Naturalist, former student of Carl Sharsmith, now
President of Senes Oak Ridge Center for Risk Analysis
May 23, 2006:
"It was during [summer 1966 at Crater Lake
National Park]...that I first learned of Dr. Sharsmith's legendary
reputation among park naturalists throughout the National Park System.
Several of our most veteran naturalists at Crater Lake had been trained by
Dr. Sharsmith in Tuolumne Meadows...During the summer of 1969...at Zion
National Park..I would meet other NPS personnel and park visitors who would
share with me their inspirational experiences while hiking with or attending
an evening program conducted by 'the great' Carl Sharsmith...Dr. Sharsmith's
ability to communicate his passion for the aesthetic qualities of the
Tuolumne wilderness was a gift on par with the writings of John Muir and the
photographs of Ansel Adams...The unnamed mountain, Peak 12002, has been
informally known among many park visitors and park employees as Sharsmith
Peak. I am requesting that the U.S. Board on Geographic Names formally
consider the name Sharsmith Peak for this feature to honor the memory of
this great human being and to preserve his legacy."
ROGER G. KENNEDY, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Director, National Park
Service (1993-1997), Director (1979 to 1992) (now Director Emeritus), National Museum of American History
of Smithsonian Institution,
author of seventeen books, had two television series on theDiscovery
Channel, another on PBS, and a radio series on NBC. He has been awarded many
honorary degrees, and is an honorary member of the American Association of
June 29, 2006: "[Dr.
Sharsmith] is already a lesson for those who are told about him, as I was
when I first came to Yosemite as [NPS] Director--we should use the naming
process to make him a lesson for a lot more people."
WENDT, Midpines, California, former Yosemite Chief Ranger
April 24, 2006: "I took
one of Carl's three day flower identification trips sponsored by the
Yosemite Natural History Association and was entranced. His botanizing
demonstrated a most complete knowledge about plants, but what captured my
attention was his enthusiasm, good humour and ability to capture my
imagination and impart a desire to learn more. I am in total support of
naming a peak after Carl Sharsmith. I know of no one who more deserves
it...Here was a real gentleman with a tremendous exuberance for life and
MCKENZIE, Mariposa, California, former Chief Park Naturalist,
Yosemite National Park (1974-1992)
May 31, 2006: "This gentle
man's interpretive programs, his scientific contributions to the body of
knowledge of Yosemite and his selfless, humble efforts to enhance visitors'
appreciation of the park's intrinsic attributes were as significant as John
Muir's writings and Ansel Adams' photographs in influencing people's
perception of Yosemite. Both Muir and Adams have mulitiple landscape
features named for them. Dr. Sharsmith deserves the honor of at least one
namesake landmark to symbolize his legacy, a legacy that many who can never
know the man will recognize as significant to the preservation of Yosemite
and the High Sierra...I'm convinced that no individual deserves this
ELIZABETH A. KERR, Silverthorne, Colorado, Partner, VistaBooks,
L.L.C. publishing company of Americana:
June 5, 2006: "I have
successfully raised two boys into productive society, in the process working
with their schools and with them and their peers in their boy scout troop as
well as self-teaching my boys while we lived in foreign countries, and I
have therefore seen the need for the intricacy and delicacy and enthusiasm
on the part of leaders that encourages interest and understanding. Dr.
Sharsmith excelled in providing these and I feel that we should not only
honor him in our memory but recall his methods to our youth so they might
aspire to similar effectiveness as their lives unfold...I have four
grandchildren of my own and when the time is right hope to tell them of
Sharsmith Peak and its namesake so, through his example, they may gain
motivation to learn and grow in their knowledge and thinking. Near where I
live we remember John Wesley Powell's explorations and studies more because
we have Mount Powell. In my state we also have Longs Peak and Pikes Peak and
many others that remind us of our American heritage..May there soon be a
Sharsmith Peak that will remind us of the value of education and science
that Dr. Sharsmith stood for..."
KAUNE, Port Angeles, Washington, former Yosemite naturalist
June 6, 2006: "My reason for
proposing this name for [Sharsmith Peak] is that Carl Sharsmith was in the
same league as John Muir, Joseph LeConte and other notable wilderness minded
persons that influenced public attitudes in managing and protecting the
resources of the Sierra Nevada Range of California..Naming of the peak for
him would reinforce his commitment in life as an example for others."
BARBEE, deceased, Bozeman, Montana, former Yosemite ranger, naturalist, and
resources manager. NPS Alaska Regional Director, Superintendent Yellowstone,
Redwood, Hawaii Volcanoes, Cape Hatteras, and Cape Lookout National Parks
June 5, 2006: "A fitting
tribute would be naming this feature, Sharsmith Peak, as a beacon for future
generations to contemplate the value of, and commitment to thoughtful action
for saving wild places and their native inhabitants."
DEBORAH WILLIAMS, Sarasota, Florida, doctor of oriental and
June 11, 2006: "As a
professional in the field of Oriental Medicine and Homeopathic Medicine,
where natural herbs are used to effect cures of certain maladies, I found
Dr. Sharsmith's understanding of the uses of plants...fascinating...To
actually have the plants pointed out to me in their native habitats, with
their individual requirements as to moisture, temperature, and exposure
explained, makes prescribing them to my patients far more
meaningful...Naming a Yosemite peak for Dr. Sharsmith...would help keep
alive not only the memory of Dr. Sharsmith but of his ways of inspiring
others in fields not only in his own botany, but in other applications of
botanical knowledge such as my own field."
GRIFFIN, San Francisco, California, former Yosemite National Park
superintendent, Castillo San Marcos and Fort Matanzas National Monuments
Superintendent, presently Executive Director The Marine Mammal Center
June 13, 2006: "We speak
of people as 'legends in their own time,' but I suspect that Carl embodied
that beyond contemporary meaning. He changed lives, and by modeling his
devotion to the natural world, he inspired thousands of ambassadors to save
it. By naming the peak Sharsmith Peak, these and future generations will
carry on the inspiration and devotion to saving our natural world. It was my
honor to have served as Superintendent of Yosemite during the time of Ranger
Sharsmsith. This was a rare privilege indeed and one for which I shall
always feel blessed."
MOREHEAD, Morro Bay, California, former Superintendent Yosemite
National Park 1986-1989
May 28, 2006: "Naming
a feature in Yosemite for [Carl] would serve as an inspiring reminder to
future generations of the dedication and expertise of an individual who, for
6 decades, devoted his summers to explain, educate, and demonstrate to
others the uniqueness and importance of Yosemite's natural resources...I
fully support the proposal. And finally, since the feature identified in the
proposal is currently unnamed, but is already commonly called Sharsmith
Peak, I feel officially naming the feature would be totally appropriate."
ALLAN SHIELDS, Clovis, California, former Tuolumne Meadows
June 8, 2006:
"[Carl was] a nature guru
with an uncommon ability to convey his love of natural things, he was
instrumental in developing a unique program of hands-on instruction,
influencing thousands. Over fifty friends, park associates, relatives, and
admirers contributed to the festschrift dedicated to Carl:
Climb Every Mountain: A Portrait of Carl
Sharsmith. [This entire work is supporting testimony
to the effort to name some park prominence for Carl--ed.]
As a colleague of Carl's for over four decades on and off the trail, I wish
to add my support to this effort to commemorate his name up there in the
snowy heights along with names such as Dana, Lyell, McClure, Darwin, Eisen,
GEORGE DURKEE, Twain Harte, California, former Yosemite naturalist,
now Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park wilderness ranger and editor of
online Sierra Nature Notes:
May 9, 2006: [Carl} was a
huge influence on my career as a backcountry ranger...No one in the last
century was more knowledgeable about Yosemite's natural history or more
closely identified with a place--Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite--as Dr.
Sharsmith. No one has spent more time hiking the trails, meadows, and peaks
of the Tuolumne region than Carl--not Ansel Adams or the Yosemite geologist
Francois Matthes or even John Muir himself...Peak 12,002 north of Tioga Pass
is already informally called Sharsmith Peak..It was Carl who was one of the
inspirations for me to revive Yosemite Nature Notes (published from about
1920 to 1980) as an online journal so people could gain a deeper
appreciation of the Sierra and work to preserve it. I don't think his unique
combination of detailed scientific knowledge of a place, the ability to
teach and excite others about the Sierra, and such a life-long commitment to
a place will occur again. His life was an inspiration to all who knew him.
Naming Sharsmith Peak in the heart of the Tuolumne region of Yosemite will
enable that memory to be kept alive to inspire others.
FRY, Groveland, California, Yosemite ranger-naturalist, 1960-circa
June 10, 2006: "I think
(and feel) that an exception should be made in the naming of a peak for our
friend. Carl's contribution to the lore of the Sierra Mountains exceeds
ninety percent of those personages who have their appellations attached to
lakes (mostly wives, daughters, and sweethearts), and to mountains (various
men involved with mapping, trail-building, administrating, etc.)"
]une 21, 2006:"We used to
disdainfully tell visitors that Giant Sequoias, lakes, and mountains should
be appreciated for their intrinsic beauty, awesome size, exquisite setting,
and uniqueness. Now I believe that names on special features have nothing to
do with the nature of the feature itself. Those names, however, do honor
individuals on the map, and they very handily serve as a reference to
visitors and guides who need to communicate their interests or exploits to
each other...There are three brief reasons that are important to me in
recommending that peak 12002 bear the name of "Mount Sharsmith." The first
reason has to do with Carl's own history. His work in Yosemite and the
Sierra spanned nearly 64 years...Almost all investigators in plant life,
geology, zoology, or invertebrate biology who came to Yosemite would consult
with Carl about where and when to observe certain things in their fields of
interest... The second reason has to do with the personality and character
of Carl the man. He was endeared as a patient teacher and as a friendly
expositor...The third reason, which is first in priority, has to do with
Carl's scientific accomplishments...Carl/s work was both taxonomic and
ecological (years before the field of ecology was recognized in
universities)...Carl contributed greatly to understanding the origins of our
high-mountain plants...If there are any objections to the proposal to
exchange a mountain's number for a human name because of policy, tradition,
or authority, I hope this recommendation will warrant an exception."
COLORADO STATE REPRESENTATIVE ANDY
KERR, Lakewood, Colorado, District 26:
June 20, 2006: "Dr.
Sharsmith's contributions in Yosemite National Park and at San Jose State
University, both in California, in the educational field were on a scope
that gives them national importance. Recognizing these contributions in the
form of a mountain named for him in the area where he did his work will
remind us now and in the future of the value of education and inspire others
to his standards and dedication. We know that the educational field often
lacks remunerative rewards available in other pursuits, making it all the
more important to provide other means of recognition...I find that not only
should the mountain be formally named Sharsmith Peak, it would be a mistake
not to so name it. Do not lose this opportunity."
DUNMIRE, Placitas, New Mexico, former Yosemite climber and park
naturalist, Chief Naturalist of the National Park Service, and park
superintendent Coulee Dam National Recreation Area and Carlsbad Caverns
National Park, author
July 10, 2006: "In view of
the fact that over Dr. Sharsmith's long and distinguished career at Yosemite
National Park he became known as 'Mr. Wilderness Educator' himself, it is
particularly appropriate to name this wilderness summit for the man...By the
time I served as Chief of Interpretation...in the 1970s, Carl Sharsmith's
legacy was established and well-known by the Directorate in Washington,
D.C...Today...I am ever more impressed with the Sharsmith legacy as one of
our nation's premier naturalist-educators of the twentieth century, and I am
persuaded that his legacy will stand the test of time."
L. MAYNARD MOE, Bakersfield, California, Professor of Biology,
California State University:
July 20, 2006: "For the
past several years park visitors and employees have informally referred to
the mountain [Peak 12,002] as 'Sharsmith Peak'...I recall when I was a child
[Dr. Sharsmith] showed me an alpine columbine and told me how hummingbirds
pollinated it. That undoubtedly planted in me a see of interest in botany
that eventually lead to my professional career as a field botanist here at
CSU Bakersfield. I strongly support the petition..."
LYNDEL MEIKLE, Dear Lodge, Montana, Park Ranger, Grant-Kohrs Ranch
National Historic Site:
May 8, 2006: "Dr. Carl
Sharsmith was an inspiration...but perhaps his most lasting influence was on
the rangers...We learned more than botany and its place in the ecology of
alpine terrain. We learned that deeper knowledge led, inevitably, to deeper
passion...His lasting influence deserves lasting recognition."
DANIEL ANDERSON, San Diego, California, ski mountaineer:
July 31, 2006: "My reason
for proposing this name [Sharsmith Peak] ...is for safety reasons. This peak
is a popular destination for backcountry ski mountaineers in winter and
spring. This community...informally call the peak 'False White Mountain
Peak' or just 'False White'...How does naming this peak promote
safety?...'Sharsmith Peak' avoids confusion with the real 'White Mountain'
peak to the north, which can make it impossible for groups to meet up at the
same point [and} Can cause confusion with rescue and safety personnel
heading for the unidentified peak (Sharsmith Peak). Winter storms can be
fierce in the region...Naming the peak will reduce confusion and mistakes in
potentially hazardous conditions. My association with the feature in
question is cross-country ski mountaineering travel in Winter and Spring in
the Yosemite/Tioga Pass area for over twenty years has given me a
perspective on safety and recreation issues of the region."
RICHARD SMITH, Placitas, New Mexico, former Tuolumne Meadows ranger
with service at many other parks and NPS regional office plus international
August 1, 2006: "[Dr.
Sharsmith] sold park visitors on the importance of preserving and protecting
Yosemite National Park and other units of the National Park System...I don't
think I have ever seen a naturalist as dedicated and committed as Dr.
Sharsmith to sharing the information he knew with others. It only seems
appropriate that we name a peak in the Sierras, a place he loved above all
others, for him in honor of his work in keeping the park safe for future
generations of visitors."
FEBRUARY 28, 2013: Rick Smith now believes that
was a modest man who hated to call attention to himself," saying
that Carl would not be in favor of it. Mr. Smith's
opinion is opposite to research that documents Carl's agreement for a peak to be named for him and
his expectation that the peak proposed would be so named. This research is
presented in the Name4Carl.org website.
ROCKWELL, Bishop, California, retired forester, Inyo National
August 7, 2006: "I propose
the formal name...Sharsmith Peak...because it's in the area where he spent
much time studying the plant life and conducted field trips; Carl was the
grand old man of Yosemite and folks from all over U.S. remember his natural
history field trips."
37) ALLEN BERREY, Bishop, California, raised in Yosemite Valley,
Assistant County Counsel Mono County:
September 22, 2006: "In
urging...approval of this proposal I speak not only for myself but also on
behalf of my late mother and father--Henry and Eileen Berrey--both of whom
lived and worked for many years in Yosemite...my father was instrumental in
transforming and developing the [Yosemite Natural History] Association into
its current status as the major [non-governmental] provider of interpretive
services, publications, and funding to the Park Service in Yosemite...my
mother Eileen embarked, equally successfully, on a second career as a park
information specialist for the National Park Service...I have revered Dr.
Sharsmsith; our family considered him to truly be a 'man to match the
mountains.' My parents' admiration for Dr. Sharsmith led them in 1976 to
become involved in the effort to have his legacy...recognized by having a
peak in Yosemite named after him; this was the genesis of the current
effort...It is my understanding that applicable federal policies look with
disfavor on proposals to name features within federally-designated
wilderness areas. I would point out, however, that the proposed Sharsmsith
Peak lies on the border of Yosemite's wilderness, not within it, and that
the eastern portion of the peak is in non-wilderness U.S. Forest Service
lands...I see no legal or policy-based impediment to your Board's
consideration and approval of this proposal."
FEBRUARY 14, 2013: Allen Berrey was a member of the
Name4Carl and Name4Carl/Sharsmith Peak Committees.
38) DAVID MIHALIC,
Missoula, Montana, former Superintendent Yosemite
National Park (1999-2003):
September 21, 2006:
Sharsmith's reputation was widely known both in and out of the National Park
Service. Long before I became Superintendent of Yosemite National Park,
while I was still a young ranger in Glacier and Yellowstone national parks,
Carl Sharsmith was held up as a model for others who wished to really connect park visitors to the wonders and intrinsic values of national parks.
Park visitors came to associate Carl Sharsmith's name--not the name of
superintendents or chief rangers--with Yosemite. He was that good! I urge
the Board to name peak 12,002..Sharsmith Peak."
Upper Merced River
Watershed Council, Mariposa, California
October 30, 2006: "Our reason for proposing this name [Sharsmith
Peak]...is to establish a visual inspiration to present and future citizens
to emulate Dr. Sharsmith and match his passion for learning and teaching and
his credibility, courage, and tenacity in guiding those who manage the
environment...Individuals in management positions with the National Park
Service have extolled Dr. Sharsmith's methods and his persistence in
applying his vast knowledge to efforts that resulted in improved management
practices regarding high country areas that include the Merced River
Watershed. It is only fitting to honor Dr. Sharsmith for his lifetime of
work in the Sierra."
40) ROBERT O. "BOB" BINNEWIES,
Ashland, Oregon, former Yosemite National
May 20, 2006: "During my
tenure as Superintendent of Yosemite National Park from 1979 to 1986, many
people approached me about naming geographic features in memory of
outstanding individuals. In only one instance, did I choose to advance such
recommendations to the highest level by proposing, then, as I do now, that
'Sharsmith Peak' be so certified...In my career, I have served in several
national parks and as Executive Director of the Main Coast Heritage Trust,
Vice President of the National Audubon Society, and Executive Director of
the Palisades Interstate Park Commission...In these positions, I have met
many outstanding people, yet only one among them deserves, in my opinion,
the accolade of having a United States geographic feature named in his
honor. A 'Sharsmith Peak' in the Sierra Nevada would bring great honor to
naturalists, scientists, and rangers everywhere."
41) JULIE MILLER,
Interpretive Services Manager for Delaware North Co.,
Yosemite park concessioner, instructor Yosemite Outdoor Adventure Series for
November 5, 2003:
"I am in favor of a peak called Sharsmith Peak..I currently include
anecdotes from my experiences with Carl in a public storytelling program I
do weekly in the park. I decided to call the peak Sharsmith in my YA
description although I have never seen it referred to that way anywhere
FROME, Port Washington, Wisconsin, national park and conservation
author and educator:
November 8, 2006:
Dr. Sharsmith personally and remember him well from visits to Yosemite over
the years...I recall hearing campers and numerous return visitors say they
had arranged their vacations specifically to experience a walk and evening
program with Dr. Sharsmith...Dr. Sharsmith brought a missionary zeal to
encounters with park visitors. Best of all, he was a wilderness scholar,
interpreter, and advocate of distinction...I hope...the designation of Mount
Sharsmith may now proceed apace."
JOHN LEMONS, Biddeford, Maine, former Tuolumne Meadows naturalist,
now Professor of Biology and Environmental Science, University of New
September 26, 2006:
primary reason for proposing [Sharsmith Peak]...is because the importance of
'place names' in national parks stems not simply from a desire to recognize
a person's contributions to a particular place or geographical feature or
event by 'naming' but more importantly 'place names' provide huge insights
into social, cultural, and natural history...I served as a seasonal
naturalist for ten years with the NPS in Yosemite National Park and
subsequently I have been a professor of biology and environmental science
for 28 years wherein I have studied and written extensively on park issues.
Through this work, I can attest to the importance of inspirational and
motivational knowledge of 'place names' . Park naturalists often tell
stories to the general public about 'place names' within the parks and not
only does this increase people's knowledge but more importantly helps show
them...an individual can make a huge difference to others in inspiring them
to more greatly care about the importance of conservation and preservation
in national parks and other public lands...It is important that places be
named after persons who provide inspiration and motivation to others with
respect to natural history, conservation, and preservation of national
lands; Dr. Sharsmith is such a person."
ROSE, Fresno, California, Sierra author and historian:
September 24, 2006: "Carl Sharsmith was an exceptional individual who served the Sierra
Nevada in countless ways. For half a century, he shared his love for the
mountains and their flora with young and old. As a ranger naturalist--and
then a "park interpreter"--he introduced thousands of park visitors to the
magic of the mountains. He was the Pied Piper of the peaks. His wildflower
walks and his nature hikes led the way. But there was his personal charisma,
that touched nearly everyone he encountered, instilling not only an
appreciation for the flora, but more importantly, to the park ethic of
preservation through stewardship...Little known is his efforts towards Kings
Canyon National Park. A trailblazer, yes; a Yosemitephile, most certainly,
but more than anything, Carl was committed to the preservation of that great
natural temple we know as Yosemite. The legendary Alpine botanist has his
wildflower, Sharsmithi, now he should have this mountain peak."
MASTROGIUSEPPE, Pullman, Washington, Marion Owenbey Herbarium,
Washington State University:
September 26, 2006:
Peak—what a wonderful and appropriate tribute to a man who inspired
thousands of people to look closely at nature...His delight in the natural
world encompassed the tiniest details, and his contributions to our
understanding of the plant world are invaluable...We all miss Carl very
much, and to have a peak named in his honor will keep alive his memory and
the things he taught us."
- 46) U.S.
REPRESENTATIVE LOIS CAPPS, Santa Barbara, California, Member
of Congress of the United States, House of Representatives, 23rd District,
September 29, 2006:
writing to support the official naming of Sharsmith Peak..."
- 47) TONI CORELLI,
San Jose, California, Curator, Carl W. Sharsmith Herbarium, San Jose State
October 6, 2006: "I
support...Sharsmith Peak...Climbing a peak with Carl's name on it or seeing
it on a map would mean so much to those who knew him and the telling of his
stories would continue on for all generations."
- 48) TOM BOPP,
Wawona, California, Yosemite musician:
October 3, 2006: "[Naming] Sharsmith Peak will remind future generations to consider what
Carl represented, and why we valued it. Then that place-name may imbue
others with an identity that is associated with profound learning, caring,
protecting, and teaching about the wilderness."
- 49) JOHN BYRNE,
Oakton, Virginia, former Yosemite Assistant Superintendent 1978-1982, now
Chair of the Sierra Club National Parks and Monument Committee and Adjunct
Professor George Mason University
September 21, 2006: "My
reason for proposing this name...is due to the fact that Dr. Sharsmith had a
direct association with this peak and with this part of the Sierra
Nevada...A visit to see Dr. Sharsmith became synonymous with a visit to this
area of Sierra Nevada for hundreds of thousands of visitors to Yosemite
National Park. Dr Sharsmith also made a significant contribution to the
State of California in that he established a 15,000 sheet herbarium at San
Jose State University where he taught and was Professor Emeritus."
- 50) BILL BINNEWIES,
Bandon, Oregon, former Sharsmith student at San Jose State University, park
superintendent at several National Park System areas
September 20, 2006: "Dr.
Carl Sharsmith was one of the foremost botanist in California...Dr.
Sharsmith maintained a special relationship with Yosemite National Park,
where he would spend the summers as a park ranger...He touched both young
and old, and you left one of his walks with a deep appreciation of, and a
better understanding of the Sierra mountains...It is most fitting that one
of the Sierra peaks be named after Dr. Carl Sharsmith.
KAARL GLEASON, Carmel, California:
September 24, 2006: "With
no personal contact with this outstanding ranger, but only by word-of-mouth,
have we heard of his tremendous influence on others--the influence being a
greater understanding, appreciation and love for National Parks as well as
for all of nature. His love of this area deserves nothing less than a peak
named after him. Many have called him a later 20th century John Muir."
- 52) KEVIN CRONIN,
Playa del Rey, California, Yosemite National Park visitor:
September 18, 2006: "Of
anyone I have met he had the greatest respect for Yosemite and the Park
Service always urging adherence to the Charter of the Parks; including
preservation. He served a very long time. His name remains in common usage
throughout the park, and he was absolutely unique. As the first Ranger
assigned to Tuolumne Meadows and his long service, no one coming after will
ever surpass or duplicate his contribution. The uniqueness of Carl and his
contribution more than qualifies him to have a significant physical feature
bearing his name."
- 53) ANNE WOESSNER
MACQUARIE, Carson City, Nevada, former Yosemite ranger including
summer and winter ski-mountaineering ranger at Tuolumne Meadows and world
October 5, 2006:
be extremely fitting to [formally] name [Sharsmith] peak after a man who
made the interpretation and explication of the natural environment of the
high Sierra his life's work. I worked with Mr. Sharsmith in Tuolumne Meadows
for several summer seasons. I am familiar with the influence he had on
generations of national park and national forest visitors, as well as on
younger generations of rangers. I also am quite familiar with the peak in
question, having climbed and skied it many times, as well as taken part in a
mid-winter rescue operation at a crashed airplane on its flanks."
- 54) CALIFORNIA
NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY--BRISTLECONE CHAPTER, Bishop, California:
October 6, 2006: "Unlike
many other people for whom Yosemite peaks are named, Carl lived among these
mountains, knew them intimately, and conveyed his knowledge to others.
'12,002' is located on the edge of Yosemite National Park, Carl's territory,
and many plants dear to Carl grow along the way there and on the summit.
Every year hundreds of people make the short walk from Tioga Pass to Gaylor
Saddle from which '12,002' is visible. At that point, naturalists and
Yosemite enthusiasts might in the future say to groups of public or their
friends, 'That peak to the north is Mount Sharsmith, named for Carl
Sharsmith who knew and loved this area and hoped future generations would
honor, enjoy, and study it as he did.'"
- 55) WALT DABNEY,
Former Yosemite park ranger, now Director, Texas State Parks, Austin, Texas:
October 9, 2006: "Dr.
Sharsmith was a true biologist and botanist whose love was the wilderness of
the Sierra in the high country of the Yosemite. The park was his laboratory
and his teaching classroom. There for decades he identified and classified
alpine and sub-alpine plants and imparted his vast knowledge and love of
teaching to the visiting public and more importantly to many young aspiring
National Park interpreters who are carrying on Dr. Sharsmith's work in the
Yosemite and in many other National Parks sites across the country. In my
current position as Director [of Texas State Parks], it is my role to
consider naming of places and facilities in Texas State Parks for
individuals. There are very few individuals that I feel truly merits that
sort of permanent recognition and have never recommended a landmark naming.
It is without reservation that I would support the proposal for naming the
Yosemite peak for Dr. Sharsmith."
- 56) DICK EWART,
Yosemite National Park, California, Yosemite National Park park ranger
October 10, 2006: "I have been a ranger in Yosemite for over 30 years,
and Carl Sharsmith was my mentor!! As a young Ranger I attended dozens and
dozens of his nature hikes, and asked him countless questions after work
ended. The education I received from him was the most valuable in my entire
career. I have a stack of notebooks filled with information received from
Carl over the years, and to this day, I continue to pass this information
along to the next generation of park visitors. Carl's knowledge and love of
Yosemite influenced thousands of people, and these thousands will continue
to educate others about the value of protecting wilderness for future
generations...I believe it was 1988 when I helped Carl hike up to 12,002,
which we rangers all referred to as 'Sharsmith Peak'...We spent 3 days and
two nights up on his peak as he examined his favorite alpine flowers...He
wanted to see them just once more. He did, at 85 years old. I hope that
Sharsmith Peak will be named in his honor."
- 57) JEAN POGUE,
Loomis, California, retired Watsonville High School, California, mathematics
October 14, 2006:
that the board approve...the FORMAL name of Sharsmith Peak. During the late
1940's and the 1950's, the Natural Science Department of San Jose State
College (now University) ran a summer program called The West Coast Nature
Study School...I mention this because the Sharsmiths were 'movers and
shakers' in this program. In those days the words 'ecology, ecologists' were
just coming into our vocabularies. These programs touched a great number of
people and made them aware of their environment and the need to protect it.
Part of the joy of these programs was being exposed to the great enthusiasm
exhibited by the fabulous instructors. Of course Dr. Sharsmith lead the
group in that department!...Just imagine how many people he has touched over
the years...and then how many of those folks touched others! Some day you
can imagine some lucky soul looking up at that peak and asking where did
that name come from? There will be somebody around (or spirit) that will be
more than happy to tell them."
- 58) JOHN SHARSMITH,
former ranger and naturalist at Yosemite and Yellowstone National Parks, son
of Carl Sharsmith:
October 17, 2006:
my childhood and early teen summers in Tuolumne Meadows Naturalist cabin
with my mother and Carl. We shared the love of a favorite area: the Sierra
spine north of Tioga Pass...I urge that Peak 12002 be officially named
Sharsmith Peak to honor the man who brought so much pleasure, love of the
mountains, and appreciation of the Sierra flora and Natural History to so
many Park Visitors."
- 59) DR. ROGER AND
MRS. ANNE HENDRICKSON, Auburn, California, former Yosemite doctor
and wife team
October 24, 2006:
teaching skills, the intimate knowledge of his subject, the years and years
of dedication, and especially for the charisma with which he brought these
things to so many, many people, Carl Sharsmith has earned a place in the
Yosemite story. Remembering him by naming a peak seems very appropriate."
- 60) FRANK BETTS,
Driggs, Idaho, former Yosemite fire control officer
October 26, 2006: "I
request that your board approve the name Sharsmith Peak... The name is
already in informal use..."
- 61) WAYNE BRYANT,
Golden, Colorado, former Yosemite and Rocky Mountain National Parks
naturalist and regional Chief of Interpretation for Western and Rocky
Mountain Regions. (Wayne's
father, Dr. Harold C. Bryant, was one of the first two naturalists of the
National Park Service)
October 24, 2006: "Carl
Sharsmith was one of a kind. He was one of the outstanding interpretive
naturalists during the developmental period of the seasonal
ranger-naturalist program of the National Park Service. He loved the
visitors in Yosemite National Park, and they loved him...he became a sort of
pied piper...To the many park visitor campers who came to Tuolumne Meadows
year after year, he became "Mr. Tuolumne Meadows". To less experienced
ranger-naturalists, he was a model to follow...It is very appropriate that
an unnamed peak on the Sierra crest near the eastern border of Yosemite
National Park should be named for Carl Sharsmith."
- 62) JOAN THOMPSON
ARMSTRONG, Walnut Creek, California
November 19, 2006: "I
propose the formal name...Sharsmith Peak...to not only honor Carl Sharsmiths
as an exceptional National Park Ranger but to provide a beacon for the many
future hikers, rangers and outdoors people who will look up to this peak as
a reminder of the true spirit of the mountains...what we need is that one
Beacon on the map to continue to guide us."
- 63) JIM SANO,
San Francisco, California, former Yosemite/Mather District naturalist,
now President Geographic Expeditions, board member of National Board of the
Trust for Public Lands and National Council of World Wildlife Fund:
October 27, 2006: "I'm
honored to join my former National Park Service colleagues in supporting
naming Peak 12,002...for Dr. Carl Sharsmith...It's almost impossible to
describe Dr. Sharsmith's wealth of contributions to the National Park
Service...When asked by park visitors for what might well have been the
thousandth time, 'What's the name of that flower?' or 'Can you tell me the
name of that peak?' Carl would pause, reflect, and launch into a grand,
intriguing soliloquy, pulling the name of the flower or mountain through the
eye of the needle of nature, as John Muir wrote, and bringing all of the
natural universe along with it. I envision a day when park visitors will
gaze upon what is now Peak 12,002 in the alpenglow and ask, 'What's the name
of that peak?' And what a story there will be to tell."
Pollock Pines, California. Yosemite National Park visitor
October 27, 2006: "I
request that your board approved the name Sharsmith Peak...This name is
already in informal use..."
- 65) MARTIN ROSEN,
Kentfield, California, co-founder of Trust for Public Land:
October 29, 2006: "My
wife, Joan, my children Dirk and Marika were first touched by Carl as ranger
naturalist in Tuolumne Meadows forty years ago. He generated a personal,
passionate and profound embrace of our Sierras and our earth that endures to
this day. I went on to Co-found the Trust for Public Land, a national land
conservation organization that has conserved more than a million acres of
land in forty states. My wife is a docent in Anza Borrego Desert State Park.
My son is the founder of Marine Applied Research and Exploration, a
nonprofit working to conserve ocean habitat. Each of these efforts are
directly attributable to the touch of Carl Sharsmith. Naming a peak for this
wondrous person would inspire generations to inquire about him and his work
and his love of the land and perpetuate the learning that his life reflects
today and into the future."
- 66) MONO LAKE
COMMITTEE, Lee Vining, California:
October 30, 2006: "We wish
you luck with your effort."
- 67) MARTHA MILLER,
Yosemite National Park,
California, long-time Manager Tuolumne Meadows Lodge of Delaware North Parks
and Resorts at Yosemite
October 26, 2006: "Please consider my personal request...to name the peak, Sharsmith
Peak...for Carl W. Sharsmith...Carl was undoubtedly the most knowledgeable,
experienced, inspirational Ranger-Naturalist I have ever known or who ever
participated in the interpretation programs in the Yosemite High Sierra.
Carl changed my life and my appreciation for nature, mountain climbing, the
High Sierra...Carl is admired abroad and in our Natural Park System
universally. He deserves a peak named after him."
- 68) MICHAEL ROSS,
El Portal, California, park naturalist, naturalist-author and Instructor
October 25, 2006:
legacy of Carl Sharsmith stands alongside of John Muir, Francois Matthes,
and Ansel Adams as one of the giants in recent Yosemite history...Carl was a
mentor to not only my generation but also interpreters who were my parent's
age...As years went on Carl became a celebrity as he appeared in films and
articles about Yosemite. His wit and commitment to park values and
preservation...won the hearts and minds of people throughout the United
States...Carl was the ultimate ambassador for preservation and for
instilling a love of nature. Whether it was a young Robert Redford in the
30's or a teenager from San Jose in the 80's, Carl touched everyone deeply.
Yosemite has features named after people who merely passed through the Park
and others who had nothing to do with Park history. There is no more
deserving figure [than] Carl Sharsmith whose name should be added to the
map. Toward the end of his life a group of younger naturalists asked Carl
which feature he would like named after him. We suggested the unnamed 12,002
foot high peak north of Gaylor Peak. Carl was pleased with the
suggestion...Since that time, that peak has been called Sharsmith Peak by a
large number of people. It would be a great honor to Carl and a wonderful
way to keep his ideals alive for future generations."
- 69) RONALD
MASTROGIUSEPPE, Director, Crater Lake Institute:
October 31, 2006: "Truly, for anyone to be in the shadow of this man was an
indelible experience and I can think of no greater Honor to perpetuate
Carl's Memory than by naming an unnamed peak, Sharsmith Peak."
- 70) REED JARVIS,
May 27, 2006:
Sharsmith was the finest example of what an interpreter in the NPS should
be...to see his audience respond to him was like seeing the Gates of Heaven.
We need to honor Dr. Sharsmith and all the people that he influenced by
naming the peak after him."
served as a park ranger at Blue Ridge Parkway, Naturalist at Big Bend
National Park, Assistant Chief of Interpretation and Resource Management at
Canyonlands National Park, park planner in Washington, DC. Chief of Division
of Museum Services, is now list manager
of the protectournationalparks.com email news service for NPS retiree:
May 27, 2006:
"I am 100% for naming a peak for a vanishing breed....the dedicated
and competent naturalist. And Dr. Sharsmith is just the correct selection."
- 72) LARRY NAHM,
former Yosemite Research Librarian and Museum Curator, writes
June 7, 2006: "Though
I generally oppose naming of Sierran peaks, I heartily support the
attribution of Carl's name to pk 12002."
October 31, 2006: "I support
official designation of a mountain just north of Tioga Pass, peak 12,002, as
Sharsmith Peak. Lyell, Dana and Conness. Gibbs, Lewis, and Hoffman. Pretty
early during my duties as Yosemite's research librarian in the 1970s I had
to learn those names, their significance, and where to find them on the map.
The appellation now proposed for peak 12002, overlooking Tuolumne country,
is fitting...May the remnant of his name remain, permanently."
- 73) KEN HENSON,
Yosemite seasonal ranger, 1969-1973,
May 29, 2006:
"I would be willing to help anyway possible."
- 74) JIM O'TOOLE,
Oregon, former Yosemite National Park ranger,
May 29, 2006: in phone
message said he will actively support the effort to name a peak for Carl
- 75) RON MACKIE,
Ahwahnee, California, former Yosemite National Park park ranger
wilderness manager for many years.
May 16, 2006: "I would be
honored to help you and your distinguished group in pushing for a peak name
for Carl Sharsmith."
- 76) ROD COFFIN,
Austin, Texas, Yosemite ranger in the 1960s and 1970s, manager of Horse
May 31, 2006:
"I had the
opportunity to sit around a campfire with [Carl Sharsmith] in the early 70's
and enjoyed and learned about the interaction of our environments with a
place we all dearly love...Being a business major I got a perspective you
cannot get in a formal environment...I believe it is appropriate to name a
peak after him."
- 77) DAVE FORGANG,
formerly NPS Western Region Curator and Yosemite Museum Curator in Yosemite
November 5, 2003:
luck with the USGS Board for geographical names. Carl is certainly deserving
- 78) LLOYD BRUBAKER,
China Lake, California, former Tuolumne Meadows and White Wolf naturalist,
former coordinator for Yosemite Natural History Association Field Seminars,
October 1, 2006:
a worthy cause. Of course I'm with you."
- 79) GEORGIA
STIGALL, Woodside, California. Long-time Yosemite National Park
OCTOBER 6, 2006: "It is through [my} close association, combined with
a lifetime of my family benefiting from his enthusiasm for teaching, his
meticulous attention to the natural history of Yosemite and conveying
what he knew to all who cared to listen … that I believe with all of my
heart and mind that Dr. Carl Sharsmith is indeed deserving of a Yosemite
mountain named in his honor. I do not take lightly the topic of geologic
features named for people … but I believe that Carl is indeed the
epitome of helping people achieve what John Muir so eloquently
- 80) DR. JULIA PARKER,
Midpines, California, Native American, Indian Cultural Demonstrator,
Yosemite Museum, Yosemite National Park; her baskets are in collections
around the world and she has demonstrated and instructed at the Smithsonian
Institution. 2007 Honoree of National Council for the Arts.
October 12, 2006: "Several
native American names are in use for important features in Yosemite National
Park...Yet because the proposed Sharsmith Peak has no known Indian name and
because of Dr. Sharsmith's work in presenting the native American
perspective to generations of park visitors, I support naming this Yosemite
peak for him. Although Carl's main field was botany, he often wove into his
presentations the way native people had used the plants in sophisticated
ways as they made their living here...Establishing the Sharsmith Peak name
will help us remember how this man during his lifetime was not only a friend
to native people but inspired others to learn about us, and even helped us
come to respect our own special place in the world."
- 81) RALPH PARKER,
Midpines, California, Native American, retired Maintenance Foreman,
Yosemite National Park
October 12, 2006:
"I am a
native American descended from the people who lived in and near what is now
Yosemite National Park...Carl learned the park's story not only from his
academic training but also from my elders...In his early years at the park,
Carl watched their performances and, when they were gone, continued
presenting their traditions for later generations. I want future generations
to be reminded of Carl's support of my people's ways and find naming a
Yosemite peak for him a proper and important way to do this."
- 82) WALTER FORD,
Lake Arrowhead, California, Yosemite visitor for over 50 years
November 23, 2006: "As a
visitor to Yosemite for over fifty years, I find it appropriate that a
feature of the park be named for Dr. Sharsmith...A peak named after this
great walking resource will be an appropriate monument to his
- 83) MONO COUNTY
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
November 27, 2006:
"Mr. Byng Hunt from Mammoth - is very enthusiastic about the [Sharsmith
Peak] proposal and has asked me to prepare a resolution of support for
consideration/adoption by the Mono County Board of Supervisors; it will
appear on the Board's December 12 agenda, and I am confident the Board will
adopt it"--Allen Berry
November 30, 2006: Draft of
above proposed resolution,
approved on December 12, 2006.
SIERRA NATURE NOTES,
section of the Yosemite Association website posted this note circa May 2006:
"A proposal to name a peak
in Yosemite in honor of ranger-naturalist and botanist Dr. Carl Sharsmith
has been gathering momentum for several years and needs your support to make
it happen. For over 60 years (1931 to 1994) Carl was a ranger in Yosemite,
working mostly from Tuolumne Meadows. He has inspired thousands of visitors,
scientists and rangers to appreciate the complexity and wonder of the
Sierra. Many Yosemite locals have long called
along the Sierra Crest and just north of Tioga Pass, Sharsmith Peak. A group
proposes to go before the USGS Board of Geographic Names (BGN) and make that
official. For more information and to send in your own testimonial of
support, go to
YOSEMITE HISTORICAL SOCIETY
has encouraged its members to support formally naming Sharsmith Peak by
including an invitation to submit supporting statements in its newsletter.
PATRICIA A. OLIVER,
Mariposa, California. Raised in Yosemite National Park.
November 17, 2003:
Completed survey form in
support of Peak such as 12,002 to be named Sharsmith Peak.
- 87) HOWARD WEAMER.
Lafayette, California. Yosemite National park naturalist, photographer
November 13, 2003: Completed survey form in support of Peak
such as 12,002 to be named Sharsmith Peak.
- 88) CHESTER LAO.
Honolulu, Hawaii. Early natural science student of Carl Sharsmith,
engineering geologist California Department of Water Resources, Honolulu
Board of Water Supply Geologist-Hydrologist, International Ground Water
APRIL 23, 2007: "For the contributions [Sharsmith] made as an educator
and a naturalist, a peak named after him would be fitting."
- 89) ED HARDY.
Bass Lake, California. Past President Yosemite Park & Curry Co.
MAY 30, 2007: "[Carl's] achievements include but are not limited to
educating tens of thousands of Yosemite visitors about the importance of our
natural ecosystems, flora and fauna. Please name his peak."
- 90) NORMAN A.
BISHOP. Bozeman, Montana. District Naturalist Yosemite National
Park, Chief Naturalist Mount Rainier National Park, Wolf Recovery Specialist
Yellowstone National Park, Yellowstone Field Seminar Instructor.
MAY 30, 2007: "Carl Sharsmith was the exemplar of park interpretation.
His knowledge and personality were ideal for the task of informing,
educating, and inspiring the thousands of park visitors with whom he came in
contact...naming a peak for him...will continue to remind us of...the
inspiration with which he left us.":
- 91) DAVID E. MOORE.
Baker, Nevada. Former superintendent of Lehman Caves (NV), Chiricahua (AZ),
Fort Bowie (AZ), Kenai Fjords (AK), and Joshua Tree (CA). JUNE 12, 2007:
"My reason for prosing this name...is because of all the work that Carl
Sharsmith did in inspiring thousands of visitors that came to Tuolumne
Meadows...It is hard to imagine any person in the future making such a
lasting contribution to the inspiration of the Sierra Nevada mountains more
than Mr. Sharsmith. History should know about the work that he
- 92) CATHY ROSE.
Mammoth Lakes, California, and Santa Barbara, California.
JUNE 18, 2007: "Because of Carl's teaching and his example as a
naturalist, I am presently a volunteer in Yosemite leading summer botanical
walks in the Park...As an individual and as a member of the California
Native Plant Society, I want to reiterate my support for the naming of a
Sierran peak for Carl Sharsmith. No other twentieth century person knew the
Sierra Nevada in as great depth as Carl..."
- 93) DR. MICHAEL
ADAMS. Fresno, California. Physician and son of photographer Ansel
Adams and former Yosemite Natural History Association board member Virginia
AUGUST 29, 2007: "I would like to add my recommendation... I am sure that
my father and mother, Ansel and Virginia Adams...would support the naming of
a peak for Carl."
- 94) ANSEL ADAMS.
Deceased. Landscape photographer, Sierra Club Board of Directors member. See
Dr. Michael Adams, just above. Mount Ansel Adams is at the southeastern
border of Yosemite National Park with Sierra National Forest and therefore
is within wilderness, sitting between the Yosemite Wilderness and the Ansel
- 95) VIRGINIA ADAMS.
Deceased. Owner of Best's Studio (now Ansel Adams Gallery) in Yosemite
Valley and board member of Yosemite Natural History Association. See Dr.
Michael Adams, just above..
- 96) GEORGE B.
HARTZOG, JR. McLean, Virginia. Director Emeritus National Park
September 26, 2007: "I am in full accord with the proposal to name
Tuolumne Peak 12002 for this distinguished American [Dr. Sharsmith]."
- 97) DWIGHT F. RETTIE.
Newport, North Carolina, former National Park Service representative to
Board on Geographic Names 1981-1986, author of Our National Park System:
Caring for America's Greatest Natural and Historic Treasures.
September 27, 2007:
"...by reputation this permanent recognition of [Dr.
Sharsmith's] contributions to public understanding of the values represented
by our National Park System merits this recognition. It is my understanding
that 'Sharsmith Peak' is now in local usage, and I think there is good
reason to clarify this usage among some others also occasionally used. I
urge the Board's favorable action..."
- 98) CHRIS RUNNER.
October 3, 2007:
"I know the tradition and the nationally significant contribution of
Carl. Per your request, I am preparing a supporting statement for USGS in
support of this naming."
LAURA SEFCHIK. Yosemite National Park, California.
April 1995: "Like Muir and Adams, Carl will have a peak named for him
soon. Hopeful1y it will be the Tuolumne Meadow’s region peak, Peak 12,002,
his 'sundial.'" (This may be the first reference in print to naming Peak
12,002 for Dr. Sharsmith.)
October 26, 2007: "I support your desire to see Sharsmith Peak."
- October 26, 2007:
ANONYMOUS NATIONAL PARK SERVICE
OFFICIAL. Washington, D.C. (name and address on file)
October 5, 2007:
"Dr. Carl Sharsmith appears to be quite a guy and well
worth the effort of getting a peak named in his memory. I hope you are
successful with your effort. Individuals like Dr. Sharsmith are an important
part of our legacy in the NPS and I really love the idea of this pioneering
interpreter being recognized for a lifetime of sharing what he loved with
- 101) DOUGLAS
ERSKINE. Boise, Idaho; former director, Interagency Fire Control
October 22, 2007: "It would be a great tribute to a gentle and
knowledgeable man who spent much of his life helping the public understand
and love the tundra to have a mountain peak named for him. He touched the
lives of literally thousands of people."
- 102) ANONYMOUS
REPORTER NATIONAL NEWSPAPER. (name and
address on file)
October 25, 2007: "[Sharsmith] is as deserving of having a mountain named
after him as all of these politicians whose names are pasted all over the
Wabash, Indiana. Former director of National Park Service, 1989-1993.
Director Indiana Department of Natural Resources 1981-1989:
October 31, 2007:
"Please add my name to those in support in naming the
unnamed peak on the edge of Yosemite wilderness in honor of Dr. Carl W.
Sharsmith...I had the privilege of getting to know Carl on a personal basis
and my life is the richer for it. Carl was the embodiment of what I think a
ranger should be...Sharsmith Peak has a very good sound to it. Naming this
peak in honor of Carl would do him--and other great National Park Service
rangers a great honor and one that is well deserved."
MARIPOSA COUNTY BOARD OF
SUPERVISORS. Mariposa, California.
November 2007: Board Resolution 07-548 unanimously endorses naming Sharsmith
- 105) ACTING YOSEMITE SUPERINTENDENT DAVE UBERUGA. Yosemite, California
December 7, 2009: "Bill, thanks for the follow-up and all the details of
this effort. It was fun and a pleasure to meet you and to b inspired by your
group effort on Carl's behalf. I will work on it from this end and I will
keep you posted. Re: Sharsmith Peak..."--official email dated December 7,
- 106 & 107) FAMILY OF DAVID BROWER
- BARBARA BROWER. Portland, Oregon. Barbara is David Brower's
March 18, 2014: Barbara wrote in an email to Owen Hoffman that she supports
officially naming Sharsmith Peak.
- JOE BROWER &
GAYLE BROWER. Santa Rosa, California. Joe is David Brower's brother.
April 5, 2014: Bob Jones states "Gayle
and Joe Brower are interested in getting Sharsmith Peak named. Gayle says
that as a teenager she hiked the Sierras with Sharsmith and she has fond
memories of those days."
April 7, 2014: "All Brower family and friends who have a special
place in their hearts for Tuolumne Meadows know Carl Sharsmith, [at] least
by reputation...We believe it's time for Congress to give the necessary
guidance to make this [official naming of Sharsmith Peak] happen."
- 108) NATIONAL PARKS CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION.
September 25, 2013
letter: "The National Parks Conservation Association would like to fully
support the naming of Peak 12,002 [sic] in honor of the late Dr. Carl W.
- 109) DAN JENSEN, President DNC
Resorts at Yosemite, August 15, 2014:
"The purpose of this letter is to express my support...to name Peak
12,002..after the late Dr. Carl W. Sharsmith. Having known him both
personally and professionally, I can vouch that this cause is worthy...His
many honors and accomplishments are not the most significant aspect of this
learned and respected man. To most visitors who came in contact with him, he
was simply a great man whose love of Yosemite was infectuous and who was
able to translate that infection to inspire others. I cannot think of a more
suitable person to name a Yosemite mountain."
- 110) DIANE SCARRITT, Oakland, California. September 7,
"I was fortunate to be a participant
in Carl's last full-week class in alpine botany in Tuolumne Meadows in
1983. Carl's love of native, alpine plants left a lasting impression on me
and inspired me to become a volunteer with the East Bay Regional Parks
District and the Audubon Society. If I can be of any assistance in
supporting the legislation to have a peak named for him, please let me know.
I have contacted my US Representative Barbara Lee, 13th District about my
strong support of this endeavor."
- 111) MARTIN ROSEN
(President Emeritus, Trust for Public Land) & JOAN ROSEN (Volunteer
Ranger-naturalist, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park), Carmel, California.
email of March 1, 2013:
"Please add us to the
list to committed supporters of this effort" (The Rosens 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.)
- 112) SHELTON JOHNSON, Park Ranger, Yosemite National Park, August 30,
2014 (featured in Ken Burns TV series "National Parks: America's Best Idea"
"I work with several Yosemite interpreters who worked with Dr. Sharsmith.
He's still a legend here in Yosemite. I am supportive of this effort to name a
peak for Carl...my support for this effort is real!"
- 113) ROCKY DEAL, Chief of Staff, Congressman Tom McClintock, Granite Peak,
August 22, 2014: "Has any member of Congress begun the legislative
process for naming Sharsmith Peak? It absolutely is the right thing to do.
So, if not already begun, let me know. I’d like members of your committee
to meet with the Congressman soonest. If the legislative process has begun,
we’ll work to cosponsor. Sincerely, Rocky Deal, Chief of Staff,
Congressman Tom McClintock, CA4"
- 114) PAT LANKFORD, Canton, Georgia, September 9, 2014
"This is a letter of support to Please officially name an unnamed mountain
top on the eastern border of Yosemite National Park for the memory and
legacy of legendary park ranger-naturalist, alpine botanist, and San Jose
Dr. Carl W. Sharsmith, who
died in 1994 at the age of 91 after serving some 63 seasons for the National
Park Service, with most of those seasons being in Tuolumne. Meadows.
For the contributions [Sharsmith]
made as an educator and a naturalist, a peak named after him would be the
right thing to do!! Thank you!!"
- 115) PENNY OTWELL. email
September 9, 2014
"I was so fortunate to have associated with Carl at Yosemite Field
Seminars for many years and of course attended many of his courses and
programs since the early ’60’s. I support this effort [to formally name
Sharsmith Peak] 100%. There is no other inspiring individual like Dr. Carl
Sharsmith in this region. He shared everything with us — with humor, and
that sparkle in his eye."
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