Subcommittee Chair on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands Raises Red Flags On Administration Decision to Reopen National Parks without Coronavirus Public Safety Measures

May 21, 2020
Press Release
Haaland Calls on Trump Administration to Lay Out Data-Driven Plan Before Parks Reopen to Visitors

Albuquerque, N.M. – After the Trump Administration announced it would reopen National Parks without a coherent plan to stop the spread of coronavirus, Congresswoman Deb Haaland, Chair of the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands called for a data-driven plan before Parks reopen.
“Everyone in our country deserves to know that their health and safety are a top priority when decisions are made, but this Administration continues a pattern of reckless decisions that put people’s lives at risk. The public servants who work at the Park Service need proper workplace protections and visitors need clear guidelines to follow. I’m calling on the National Park Service to lay out a data-driven plan that will keep families and park service employees safe before we reopen our National Parks to visitors,” said Chair Haaland.
In March, House Natural Resources Committee Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Vice Chair Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) sent a letter with eight House Democratic colleagues to Interior Secretary David Bernhardt urging him to close some national parks and public lands at risk of spreading coronavirus due to continued crowding and high visitation levels.