Nine of the 12 members of the National Park System Advisory Board resigned their posts Monday.
The members left the board in an apparent protest over their treatment by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.
“We understand the complexity of transition but 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 its agenda,” board Chairman Tony Knowles wrote in a letter to Zinke.
The board reportedly has not met since President Donald Trump took office last January, despite being required by law to do so twice a year.
According to its website, the board is a group of “citizen advisers chartered by Congress to help the National Park Service care for special places saved by the American people so that all may experience our heritage.”
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