Board of Natural Resources Approves Naming of Island Near Shelton
News Date: 
December 4, 2018

The state Board of Natural Resources, acting as the Washington State Board on Geographic Names, approved a proposal during its monthly meeting today to name an island in a Mason County lake for the man whose actions preserved the island from eroding away.
The previously unnamed island in Island Lake north of Shelton will now be known as Smith Island, honoring Bill Smith, who acquired the island in 1955 and transferred it to the Island Lake Foundation in 2011, just before he passed away. Smith gave the island to the foundation to allow for continued use by the community while allowing it to be restored.
The proposed name change was passed through the seven-member State Committee on Geographic Names, which advises the board, in June. Among the proponents of the name change, which was sponsored by a local resident, is the Mason County Board of Commissioners.
Names approved by the committee are forwarded to the Board of Natural Resources (acting as the Washington State Board on Geographic Names) for final decision. Names approved by the Board are published in the Washington Administrative Code and forwarded to the United States Board on Geographic Names for federal consideration along with the state’s recommendations.
For more details about the naming of Smith Island, the submitted application is available at
Washington State Committee on Geographic Names
The seven-member committee of volunteers advises the State Board on Geographic Names, which is authorized by state law to establish the official names for the lakes, mountains, streams, places, towns, and other geographic features. The committee, which meets at least twice a year, is chaired by a representative of Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz. The committee includes representatives of Washington State tribes, the State Librarian, and the Director of the Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation, a Washington state tribal representative, and three members from the public appointed by Franz.
About DNR  
Administered by Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz, DNR manages more than 5.6 million acres of state-owned forest, range, commercial, agricultural, conservation, and aquatic lands. Of these, more than half are held in trust to produce income to support public schools, universities, prisons, and other state institutions. State trust lands managed by DNR provide other public benefits, including outdoor recreation, habitat for native fish and wildlife, and watersheds for clean water.
Kenny Ocker
Communications Manager
Department of Natural Resources