On Jan. 15, nine of the 12 members of the National Parks Service Advisory Board resigned out of protest for how Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is failing at his job and damaging the National Parks. Most Americans are aware of the beauty of the National Parks and their importance to us all for their natural and historical value, and recreational use. They are true national treasures. As Wallace Stegner stated, “The National Parks are the best idea we every had … Absolutely American…”

Zinke is failing to do his job to maintain and preserve the National Parks. The Board is federally required to meet at least twice yearly and oversee the workings and management of the National Parks, preserve and maintain the parks, set fair entrance fees, and provide oversight of National Park Service management. Zinke refused to call a single meeting in 2017. He ignored board members’ requests to meet and has made decisions against the purpose of National Parks. Instead of preserving the parks for all, his duty as Secretary of Interior, he is dismantling their protections and opening them to oil drilling. Zinke needs to do his job and be an advocate for the preservation of the National Parks to maintain their natural beauty and historical importance for all U.S. citizens, not just a few corporations.

Please take a stand for National Parks and write Secretary Zinke as well as your congressional representatives and tell them to preserve the National Parks for everyone, now and for future generations.

David Higgs

Racine

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