For America’s national parks, 2016 was supposed to start differently. On January 1, the National Park Service kicked off its centennial celebrations at the Rose Bowl parade, where colorful floats with grizzly bears and waterfalls rolled past cheering crowds in honor of the creation of the national park system in 1916.
The next day, armed anti-government militants, led by the sons of scofflaw rancher Cliven Bundy, stormed the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon. Their demand: that the U.S. government dispose of national forests, wildlife refuges, monuments and other lands that belong to all Americans.
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Director, Public Lands