Montana Geographic Names Advisor

Geographic Name Change Request

Goat Mountain
Madison County, Montana

Status = Denied

Description summit, elevation 3,298 m (10,820 ft), located in Gallatin National Forest/Lee Metcalf Wilderness, 1.6 km (1 mi) W of Ramona Lake, 2.1 km (1.3 mi) SE of Hilgard Peak; the name recognizes the abundance of mountain goats found on the summit
Location 44º54’29”N, 111º26’05”W
PLSS Location Sec 1,T11S,R2E
Proposal new name for an unnamed feature
Proponent Colin Croft; Mitchell, NE
Administrative area Gallatin National Forest/Lee Metcalf Wilderness
Previous BGN Action None
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Local Usage None found
Published None found
This proposal for the new name Goat Mountain was submitted by a resident of Mitchell, Nebraska, who reports that during numerous hiking trips, he has discovered that the 3,298 m (10,820 ft) high unnamed summit “is frequented by numerous Mountain Goats, far more so than the surrounding peaks.” The summit lies within the Lee Metcalf Wilderness in Gallatin National Forest, in southeastern Madison County. There are currently eighteen other summits in Montana named “Goat,” although none are in Madison County.

The County Commissioners of Madison County have stated they do not support the proposal, noting “we do not believe every little high spot needs a name.” The Montana State Board on Geographic Names, citing the County’s lack of support, also does not support the proposal. The U.S. Forest Service cited the restrictions of the Wilderness Naming Policy and recommends disapproval. A copy of this proposal was forwarded to the Crow Tribe of Montana and the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of the Fort Hall Reservation of Idaho, both of which are Federally-recognized, but neither responded, which is presumed to indicate a lack of an opinion on the issue.

Montana Geographic Names Advisor Recommendation - Oppose
Domestic Names Committee Decision Date - Thursday, June 9, 2005
Domestic Names Committee Discussion - A motion was made and seconded not to approve the name, citing the lack of local, State, and U.S. Forest Service support, and the restrictions of the Wilderness Naming Policy.

Vote: 10 in favor
0 against
0 abstentions

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