Daines addresses sexual harassment at national parks

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WASHINGTON - There have been multiple reports of sexual harassment and hostile work environments at national parks, including Yellowstone National Park. Eight incidents occured from January 2016 to June 2017, according to the Office of Inspector General.

Wednesday, Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., addressed U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, saying if more is not done, this could factor into visitation to America's national parks.

"I've recently met with the new Yellowstone Park Superintendent, Cam Sholly. He's off to a great start, [I’m] pleased to have him there as he is working to build a better workplace environment. As you know, the park service has been plagued with sexual and workplace harassment issue over the years past. I have seen some positive movement lately, but we can't let up on this issue,” said Daines.

Bernhardt says they are implementing anti-harassment policies, civil treatment training for leaders, putting programs put in place to track how these matters are handled, and have created a Workplace Cultural Transformation Advisory Committee.

“We have taken a lot of steps, and a lot of steps in a relatively short time, so I think we’ve done a tremendous amount. There is more to do,” stated Bernhardt.

Bernhardt says there will likely be additional suggestions from the Inspector General soon.