JD Peak proposal remains on track
August 10, 2011
I want to thank The Aspen Times and Andre Salvail for support of the proposal for the naming of John Denver Peak.
The Aspen Times has been more accurate with the information than most other sources on the name proposal. The Grand Junction newspaper recently stated that the peak naming has hit a snag and may not move forward. This is unfortunate and incorrect information that has also been repeated by other media sources without verification or talking with the proper people.
From the beginning – several years ago – when initiating this proposal, we were aware of the challenge of naming a feature in a wilderness area. Thus, the reason for a petition and support on several levels.
The name proposal has not hit a surprising snag and is progressing to the proper sources as planned. Also, as reported in other sources, the name proposal is not to change the name of Mount Sopris, but only to assign a tag to the unnamed east peak of Mount Sopris. It is also unfortunate that some individuals have taken this on as a personal vendetta to block, without proper information on who John Denver was as an influential environmentalist. As we move forward, people wishing to do so can still find more info or sign the petition at
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petition-sign.html or write a letter to geonames.usgs.gov/domestic/index.html.
Thanks again for your careful information and support.
J.P. McDaniel, Ph.D.