[…] “I am speaking today to make it clear that the culture of harassment and intimidation, which this administration has inherited, has come to an end,” Zinke said.
Allegations of widespread harassment circulated for months toward the end of the Obama administration. Inspector General reports detailed unresolved harassment cases at Grand Canyon National Park and De Soto National Memorial.
Former NPS Director Jonathan Jarvis took over the agency in 2009 after he was tapped for the position by former President Barack Obama.
“By almost any measure, Jon Jarvis is the worst Park Service Director within living memory,” Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility Executive Director Jeff Ruch told Grand Canyon News after Jarvis resigned. “In a misguided quest for ‘relevancy,’ Jarvis repeatedly sold out the very values and resources at the core of the Park Service mission.” MORE