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.
Every day someone like you becomes a wildland wildfire fighter, a teacher, a trail-builder, a museum curator, or a park ranger. Discover your opportunities in national parks. Come to play. Come to learn. Come to serve. Develop your environmental leadership skills. Find a job. Be the next generation to preserve and protect these great places.
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.
Landowners do not need to wait until the Buy-Back Program begins implementation to get more information. Please review the Program's frequently asked questions and become familiar with the Offer Packet Documents, available here.
Landowners can contact the Trust Beneficiary Call Center (888-678-6836) to learn more about their land and their options – including how the Buy-Back Program works. The Call Center is responsible for responding to inquiries from trust beneficiaries. The Call Center has access to various trust systems and operations staff in order to provide comprehensive account information to beneficiaries and complement local services.
In addition, landowners can contact or visit their local Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians (OST) to learn about financial planning. If you choose not to sell your land, it is important to consider how to best utilize the property during your lifetime and how to most efficiently pass it to your intended beneficiaries upon your death. There are certain federal rules and tribal codes that govern the estate planning options that may be available to you and some of these options cannot be rescinded or changed after a decision is made. Thus, it is critically important to get as much information as possible to make careful and informed decisions about your land interests and estate planning options. Click here to find the Office nearest you, or visit OST’s financial empowerment website at: http://www.doi.gov/ost/individual_beneficiaries/ financial_empowerment/index.cfm.
Landowners can also contact their nearest Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) office, or their local-specific tribal staff for further information about how the Program is being implemented at your location.
Tribes among the 105 scheduled locations will be contacted by a Buy-Back Program Senior Advisor - Tribal Relations (TRA) prior to the start of implementation activities. If you are a tribal leader whose community is among the 105 locations, but have not yet been contacted, please direct inquiries to:
Katy Grounds Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations U.S. Department of the Interior 1849 C Street, N.W., MS-7249 Washington, D.C. 20240 (202) 365-2196
Tribes not currently on the schedule of 105 locations may direct inquiries to:
Michael Estes Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations U.S. Department of the Interior 1849 C Street, N.W., MS-7249