Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Majority of U.S. National Park Service board resigns, saying it was ignored

Most members of a U.S. National Park Service advisory board, appointed while Barack Obama was president, have resigned after saying they were ignored by President Donald Trump’s administration, the panel chairman said on Tuesday. The National Park System Advisory Board, whose creation was authorised by the U.S. Congress in 1935, is tasked with advising on matters such as the designation of historic and natural landmarks. Seven of the panel’s 10 members have submitted their resignations, Tony Knowles, who chaired the panel and was among those quitting, said by telephone. The advisory board sought a meeting with U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, but did not secure it, Knowles said. The non-partisan panel included Republican members, said Knowles, who was the Democratic governor of Alaska from 1994 to 2002. Reuters

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