Zinke Swaps Academics For Business Execs On National Park Advisory Panel

"The new members are either all registered Republicans or have voted in GOP primaries."

"Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has resurrected a federally chartered board that advises the National Park Service with his own appointees, nearly a year after most of its former members resigned in frustration.

The newly reconstituted National Park System Advisory Board — composed largely of current or retired business executives — was set to meet for the first time Wednesday in Washington. The Interior Department postponed the session, however, because the federal government observed a national day of mourning out of respect for former president George H.W. Bush.

The new panel includes a California winemaker, a beer distributor in Texas and three veterans of the real estate and home-building industry. All of the 11 new members appear to be white, and nine of them are men. Public records show all of the new board members are either registered Republicans or have voted repeatedly in GOP primaries."

Dino Grandoni and Juliet Eilperin report for the Washington Post December 6, 2018.

Source: Washington Post, 12/07/2018