Haaland Chairing Subcommittee Forum on Risks of Premature National Park Openings

June 2, 2020
Press Release

Albuquerque, N.M.- Today, Tuesday, June 2, Rep. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), chair of the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands and vice chair of the full House Natural Resources Committee, will lead a forum on the risks of prematurely opening national parks to the public without adequate input from affected local communities and without proper safeguards in place.

Among other examples, Grand Canyon National Park has partially reopened to the public despite a lack of consultation with the nearby Navajo Nation, which now officially has a higher per capita coronavirus infection rate than any state. Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez, who is among the speakers at the forum, has repeatedly called on the National Park Service not to reopen the park at this time, a call echoed by environmental and public health advocates.

Title: Not So Grand Opening: Examining Local Perspectives on the Department of the Interior’s Plan to Reopen National Parks During the Coronavirus Pandemic

When: Today, Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 2:30 p.m. ET / 12:30 p.m. MT

Where: https://bit.ly/2TMKwSQ (Facebook) or https://youtu.be/xVx_IYqnngQ (YouTube)




Jonathan Nez


Navajo Nation 


Carletta Tilousi


Havasupai Tribe


Phil Francis


Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks 


Dan Puskar

President and CEO

Public Lands Alliance