California Advisory Committee on Geographic Names

The purpose of California Advisory Committee on Geographic Names (CACGN) is to provide recommendations to the U.S. Board on Geographic Names regarding California names for official use in federal publications. The California Natural Resources Agency, with one voting member each from its Departments of Conservation, Fish and Game, Forestry and Fire Protection, Parks and Recreation, and Water Resources, is the CACGN executive sponsor. The USDI Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Geological Survey, and the USDA Forest Service are represented as CACGN advisory members.


Council of Geographic Names Authorities


The Council of Geographic Names Authorities in the United States (COGNA) is an independent, non-profit organization that promotes national standardization of names of geographic features within governmental jurisdictions. This goal is sought through cooperation among federal and state agencies that have responsibilities for naming geographic features and cultural entities as mandated by the United States Board on Geographic Names. Our State's membership in COGNA is sponsored by the California Resources Agency.

Further information on COGNA is available at


What's New

April 14, 2020

Due to the global pandemic COVID-19 virus, we are cancelling our May 6, 2020 meeting. We will reschedule the meeting when it is once again safe to come together. Until then, please stay safe and alone.


June, 2019

The U.S. Board of Geographic Names approved five name changes and one new name in California.

 New Name Old Name  Feature Type  County  Latitude  Longitude  USGS Topo Map
Springtown Confederate Corners Place Monterey 36.644682 -121.6643902 Salinas
Wintu Bay Digger Bay Bay Shasta 40.7257052 -122.3902876 Shasta Dam
Wintu Creek Digger Creek Stream Shasta 40.7254275 -122.3855651 Shasta Dam, City of Shasta Lake
Pruett Lake Pruitt Lake Lake Tuolumne 38.1122842  -119.7619067  Kibbie Lake
Hungalelti Ridge Squaw Ridge Ridge  Amador, Alpine 38.63699  -120.05624  Caples Lake, Mokulumne Peak, Bear River Reservoir 
Moody Creek   Stream Santa Clara 37.35325 -122.15439 Mindego Hill