Statement of the Department of the Interior

USGS

September 16, 2020

Statement of the Department of the Interior before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, on S. 1870 the Miracle Mountain Designation Act.

 

Thank you for the opportunity to present this statement on S. 1870, the Miracle Mountain Designation Act.

 

Background 

The bill designates a currently unnamed 7,575-foot peak in Utah County, Utah, and partially within the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest as "Miracle Mountain." The proposed name refers to a wildfire that threatened the community of Elk Ridge City in 2018. The fire suddenly changed direction and stayed behind the mountain.

The Board on Geographic Names is the interagency organization of the U.S. Government established to maintain uniform geographic name usage in Federal documents and maps. As per its Policy I, the Board would not take any action on a proposed naming of a feature currently being considered by Congress.

 

S.1870

The Department of the Interior (Department) does not have a position on the bill. Thank you for the opportunity to provide the Department's views. This concludes our statement.