Mercury's surface in "enhanced color," a color scheme created to emphasize color differences. This is not what Mercury would look like to the human eye, but by applying mathematical analysis to images, color differences can be accentuated beyond those visible to a person.
Mount Rushmore National Memorial under construction.
The workers had to endure conditions that varied from blazing hot to bitterly cold and windy. Each day they climbed 700 stairs to the top of the mountain to punch-in on the time clock. Then 3/8 inch thick steel cables lowered them over the front of the 500-foot face of the mountain in a "bosun chair." Despite the dangers, no one was killed during the project.
Otters in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Alaska.
The sea otter population of Glacier Bay has increased dramatically in the past 20 years. Ecologists consider sea otters a keystone species here. Otters consume vast quantities of clams, urchins, crabs, and other invertebrates and their presence creates ripples through the ecosystem. NPS photo.
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With more than 80% of Americans living in urban areas, urban parks are more important than ever. The father of American landscape architecture, Frederick Law Olmsted, said of urban parks:
It is one great purpose of the Park to supply to the hundreds of thousands of tired workers, who have no opportunity to spend their summers in the country, a specimen of God's handiwork that shall be to them, inexpensively, what a month or two in the White Mountains or the Adirondacks is, at great cost, to those in easier circumstances.
The Buy-Back Program implements the land consolidation component of the Cobell Settlement, which provided $1.9 billion to purchase fractionated interests in trust or restricted land from willing sellers at fair market value. Accepted offers have already resulted in payments to landowners totaling more than $35.5 million and the consolidation and restoration of more than 100,000 acres to tribes.
While the amounts offered to individuals will vary, a few owners have already received more than $100,000 for their interests. Individuals who choose to sell their interests will receive payments directly into their IIM accounts, typically within seven days after the Program receives a complete, accepted offer package from an owner. Consolidated interests are immediately restored to tribal trust ownership for uses benefiting the reservation community and tribal members.
Across Indian Country, more than 245,000 individual Indian landowners have nearly 3 million fractionated interests on 150 reservations and are eligible to participate in the Program under the Cobell Settlement. These landowners are spread across the country. For example, the Program recently announced that purchase offers have been sent to nearly 16,000 individual landowners – located in 50 states as well as overseas – with fractionated interests in parcels on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. These purchase offers are time sensitive (deadline: May 2). For these reasons, the Program requires a vigorous national public education and outreach effort.
The Program believes it is critical to exhaust all efforts to reach individual landowners and communicate the importance of reducing fractionation, the advantages of selling their land, and resources for them to gather more information.
Program personnel have been working in concert with tribes and tribal organizations to conduct outreach at pow-wows, community meetings, and large Indian organizational gatherings to make sure that landowners know the facts about the unique opportunity before them. In addition, as the Program is implemented for particular reservations, personnel are working cooperatively with tribal governments to answer landowner questions, locate individuals whose whereabouts are currently unknown, notarize documents, and hold outreach events to ensure that landowners have the resources and support needed to understand their options and make timely decisions about their fractionated land interests.
Landowners can contact their local Fiduciary Trust Officer or call the Trust Beneficiary Call Center at 888-678-6836 with questions and to register as interested sellers. More information is also available on our Landowner page.