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NPS chief scraps climate-focused order calling for decisions to be based on science, law and public interest

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…Former NPS Director Jonathan Jarvis signed the order — formally known as Director’s Order No. 100, or DO 100 for short — on Dec. 20, 2016, as one of the last acts of his tenure as director (E&E News PM, Dec. 20, 2016)…

…The order called for park managers to make decisions based “on science, law and long-term public interest.” And it said that park superintendents and other NPS leaders had to “possess scientific literacy appropriate to their positions and resource management decision-making responsibilities.”

Jeremy Barnum, an NPS spokesman, said the order was rescinded by acting Director Michael Reynolds on Aug. 16 “to eliminate confusion among the public and NPS employees regarding current NPS policy in light of the Department of the Interior’s new vision for the long-term protection of America’s unparalleled national parks.”…

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