“Words matter, particularly in our work to make our nation’s public lands and waters accessible and welcoming to people of all backgrounds,” Haaland said in a statement. “Consideration of these replacements is a big step forward in our efforts to remove derogatory terms whose expiration dates are long overdue.”
In March, the Department of the Interior proposed new names for 660 geographic features across the country, including mountains, rivers, lakes, remote islands and others.
More details and information on Washington’s efforts, including a list of features sorted by county, can be found on the Board of Natural Resources page under the About tab at www.dnr.wa.gov.
Information on the policies and procedures of the committee can be found in the same location.