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9 of 12 U.S. National Park Service advisers resign, Zike didn't want to meet them

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A majority of the U.S. National Park Service's advisory board resigned this week citing Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's unwillingness to engage with them.

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Nine of the panel's 12 members - a bipartisan panel appointed by former President Barack Obama - signed off on a letter of resignation.

Former Alaska Governor Tony Knowles said in the letter the board had "stood by waiting" to meet with Zinke all year after working "closely and productively through 2016" with Obama's administration to the end of his presidency.

"For the last year we have stood by waiting for the chance to meet and continue the partnership between the NPSAB and the DOI as prescribed by law," Knowles said.

The advisory board, however, has not met with the new interior secretary in the 10 months he's been in office.

"The following National Park System Advisory Board member share the thoughts stated above and join me in tendering their resignations.

"Gretchen Long, Paul Bardacke, Carolyn Finney, Judy Burke, Stephen Pitti, Milton Chen, Belinda Faustinos, Margaret Wheatley," wrote Tony Knowles.

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