Thursday, January 18, 2018

75% of Park Service Advisory Board Resigns

Three-quarters of the members of a federally chartered board advising the National Park Service abruptly quit Monday night out of frustration that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke had refused to meet with them or convene a single meeting last year. "This discourteous and disrespectful treatment of the board is inexcusable and, unfortunately, consistent with a decidedly anti-park pattern demonstrated by Secretary Zinke's department," coalition chair Phil Francis said. "We keep waiting for a pro-park agenda to emerge, but we are now convinced we are waiting in vain."

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The board is required to meet twice a year but has not convened since Trump took office last January, Knowles said Tuesday. Members, most of whom have worked together for seven years, were surprised to not be consulted on Interior's recent decisions to increase visitor fees and reverse a ban on plastic water bottles in the park system.

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Basically, this administration doesn't believe in National Parks. They are raising the price of admission so high that poorer Americans won't be able to even enter them. That is not the vision that the leaders who created the National Parks had in mind. The Trump administration is the most evil administration in American history.

#1 | Posted by danni at 2018-01-17 10:01 AM

DANNI

All I can say is "mission accomplished" for the Trump administration. Now they can hire some flunkies that won't cause him so much trouble.

#2 | Posted by Twinpac at 2018-01-18 03:55 PM

The purge continues

#3 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2018-01-18 04:10 PM

Enough. Time to impeach the son of a bitch.

#4 | Posted by squinch at 2018-01-18 07:23 PM

I just don't understand.

#5 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2018-01-18 07:27 PM

Rsty, you must watch Faux newz then.

#6 | Posted by zelkova at 2018-01-18 07:44 PM

Why yes, I do, but that's hardly the reason why I don't understand. If anything Fox News is providing the exact reasoning why Trump does what he does: anything and everything to piss off the Left is worth it too him. What does he care about anyone else? How has he ever shown or expressed his patriotism? He hasn't. He's all about himself, which means he can, and possibly will, torch this mother ------ to the ground without any care in the world; just as long as he knows he's the one that did it. His careless rhetoric surrounding nuclear weapons is exhibit A.

#7 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2018-01-18 07:48 PM

Trump can't run anything. He instills his dysfunctions in the government we are paying for. This is unacceptable. He has to try to do a good job.

#8 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2018-01-18 08:07 PM

Honestly, if it hadn't been reported, it may have taken years for anybody to know.

#9 | Posted by eberly at 2018-01-18 08:09 PM

Curious about this 2 days a year board's advice since the national parks have managed to accrue a $12 billion dollar maintenance backlog, on a $3 billion budget.

#10 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2018-01-18 09:20 PM

Why yes, I do, but that's hardly the reason why I don't understand. If anything Fox News is providing the exact reasoning why Trump does what he does: anything and everything to piss off the Left is worth it too him.

#7 | POSTED BY RSTYBEACH11 AT 2018-01-18 07:48 PM | REPLY

This one is easy to understand, and Fox isn't far off the mark. Park entrance rate increases have been an idea tabled for many years now. A $12 hike on the dozen or so top performing parks will create a revenue stream capable of fixing their budget. They were hit with mission creep, but not funded to deal with that. Instead of a fair, distributed increase, the Trump admin seems to be applying the hike punitively to limited number of specific, high traffic parks in deep blue states. Joshua Tree went from $20 to $70.

#11 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2018-01-18 10:02 PM

RSTYBEACH

It's OK to watch FOX as long as you look elsewhere to learn what they DON'T tell you. I do that myself and it's amazing the stuff FOX leaves out.

#12 | Posted by Twinpac at 2018-01-18 11:49 PM

The R party platform says Federal lands should be sold off. Meanwhile they jack up fees to keep all but the 1% out.

And yes, the Parks do have a big maintenance backlog. This is what happens when facilities age but you keep cutting the budget. The same thing is happening to all of our national infrastructure. Giving rich people tax cuts is fun. Fixing stuff doesn't generate nearly as many bribes, I mean campaign contributions.

#13 | Posted by SomebodyElse at 2018-01-19 09:28 AM

This is what happens when facilities age but you keep cutting the budget.

#13 | POSTED BY SOMEBODYELSE AT 2018-01-19 09:28 AM | FLAG:

No. That's what happens when you keep expanding what a group is tasked with but don't increase the funding to keep up. In 1999 the budget was $2 billion. In 2009 it was $2.9 billion and stagnated there. From GB1 to Obama, 62 new federal parks were added. The worse case scenario under a Trump budget is $2.55 billion, the first significant cut in decades. Since GB 1, 62 new parks have been added.

State parks don't seem to be having this issue, maybe in a few states but not in general, and they handle 3x the traffic the federal parks do.

#14 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2018-01-19 09:49 AM

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