On October 13, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke traveled to Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. While at the park, Secretary Zinke met with the Superintendent, held a livestreamed town hall meeting with National Park Service (NPS) employees across the department, and met with other front-line staff to learn more about the Park and its unique challenges.
Secretary Zinke, NPS Acting-Director Mike Reynolds, and Superintendent Chris Lehnertz hosted an all-NPS employee town hall style meeting about the Department's work to combat harassment in the workplace. NPS employees from all over the country were able to ask questions using an anonymous forum.
Secretary Zinke then met with the members of the Grand Canyon-area small business community to get their input on park operations and the economic impact of the Park to them. The Secretary received a briefing on the Fire & Aviation Program and Visitor & Resource Protection. The Secretary also joined Park rangers at the entrance station to greet visitors before speaking to the National Park Foundation Board.
Before departing, Secretary Zinke saw the majesty of the Grand Canyon with an 18-mile hike from the South Rim to the Colorado River and back again. The Secretary was accompanied by backcountry rangers and other members of the Grand Canyon team.