Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke speaks on the Trump
administration's energy policy at the Heritage Foundation in Washington
in September 2017. Nine of 12 members of the National Park Service
advisory board resigned Monday citing Zinke's unwillingness to meet with
of the seats on the U.S. National Park Service advisory board are
vacant following a mass resignation Monday night, citing Interior
Secretary Ryan Zinke's unwillingness to meet with them.
the panel's 12 members, led by former Alaska Gov. Tony Knowles, handed
in their resignations. The bipartisan panel was appointed by President
Barack Obama and the terms of all members who quit were set to expire in
Knowles, in a letter of resignation
to Zinke from himself and the eight other members, said the board had
"worked closely and productively through 2016 with dedicated National
Park Service employees, an inspiring Director and a fully supportive
Since then, as explained in the letter, the board
had repeatedly tried and failed to secure a meeting with the new
"[Our] requests to engage have been ignored
and the matters on which we wanted to brief the new Department team are
clearly not part of the agenda," the letter reads.
Alaska Public Radio
quoted Knowles as saying that the Department of the Interior "showed no
interest in learning about or continuing to use the forward-thinking
agenda of science, the effect of climate change, protections of the
"And it has rescinded NPS regulations of resource
stewardship concerning those very things: biodiversity loss, pollution
and climate change," he added.
three board members who did not resign include Harvard University
public finance professor Linda Bilmes, University of Maryland marine
science professor Rita Colwell and Carolyn Hessler Radelet, the chief
executive of Project Concern International. Terms for the first two end
in May, while Radelet's term does not expire until 2021.
email, Bilmes said she did not resign her post because she is conducting
other colleagues funded by the National Park Foundation,
and wanted to complete her
Washington Sen. Maria Cantwell, a Democrat who is the ranking
member on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, issued a
statement of support for the resigning board members.
President still hasn't nominated a director for the National Park
Service and Secretary Zinke has proposed tripling entrance fees at our
most popular national parks," she said. "His disregard of the advisory
board is just another example of why he has earned an 'F' in
From rhe Shepherd Express
, Art Kumbalek comes with his column "Art For Art's Sake," more or less every Tuesday. Art's been doing this for more than 30 years, so he must have something to say.
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