Zinke at Gateway National Recreation Area and Independence National Historical Park
In late September, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke traveled to New Jersey and Pennsylvania to meet with the teams at Gateway National Recreation Area (NY/NJ), Independence National Historical Park (Philadelphia), and Valley Forge National Historic Park (PA). The two-state trip demonstrated a continuation of Secretary Zinke's commitment to the front lines and allowed him to receive on-the-ground briefings of the issues facing each Interior Department site.
The trip began on the New Jersey side of the Gateway National Recreation Area, where he met with Park leadership and staff. He toured former military installations within the Park and learned about the area's wildlife. He also inspected some of the deferred maintenance projects.
At Independence National Historic Park in Philadelphia, Secretary Zinke went back in American history with Superintendent Cynthia MacLeod and park rangers to see the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, and all the artifacts that the Park preserves. After a brief tour, the Secretary met with Park employees for an all-employee meeting to discuss a number of issues facing Independence Hall and the entire Park system.
The Secretary ended the day at Valley Forge National Historic Park. Following an all-employee meeting, Park leadership briefed Secretary Zinke on the historic sites as well as issues regarding the invasive crawfish.