Arbitrary and Unconscionable

Rosslyn Smith
The story of how the National Park Service had closed down the Claude Moore Colonial Farm was one of the first to break last week.  The farm is on federal land but it has not taken federal money for decades.  Here is an incredible update to the story. 

"Just this morning we received the final absolute NO from the Dept. of Interior and were told the Farm would not open until the shutdown ended. An hour later the Park Police showed up and closed and barricaded the office gates with us inside. This has been a very rough week and we are profoundly grateful that this is ending."

But in a dramatic reversal, the National Park Service now says the farm can open.

"We have no idea why the NPS changed its mind but we are very pleased that they did and hope that every group trying to operate on Federal lands has the same happy outcome," Eberly says. Eberly credits press coverage and an outpouring of support from private individuals for the NPS' reversal. The threat of lawsuits challenging the NPS' unprecedented, arbitrary and capricious behavior may have been a factor as well.

Unprecedented, arbitrary and capricious?  How about negligent and perhaps even criminal?  Who barricades an office with people still inside? 

 

The story of how the National Park Service had closed down the Claude Moore Colonial Farm was one of the first to break last week.  The farm is on federal land but it has not taken federal money for decades.  Here is an incredible update to the story. 

"Just this morning we received the final absolute NO from the Dept. of Interior and were told the Farm would not open until the shutdown ended. An hour later the Park Police showed up and closed and barricaded the office gates with us inside. This has been a very rough week and we are profoundly grateful that this is ending."

But in a dramatic reversal, the National Park Service now says the farm can open.

"We have no idea why the NPS changed its mind but we are very pleased that they did and hope that every group trying to operate on Federal lands has the same happy outcome," Eberly says. Eberly credits press coverage and an outpouring of support from private individuals for the NPS' reversal. The threat of lawsuits challenging the NPS' unprecedented, arbitrary and capricious behavior may have been a factor as well.

Unprecedented, arbitrary and capricious?  How about negligent and perhaps even criminal?  Who barricades an office with people still inside?