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.
There are several things that tribal leaders can do to prepare for the Buy-Back Program. One important activity is to become familiar with the four land consolidation phases. Additional steps that your reservation might pursue are included below, with general steps listed first followed by phase-specific steps.
Establish a tribal task force or team to plan for land consolidation.Designate an authorized tribal point of contact.
Provide information to the Buy-Back Program about the tribe's land consolidation programs and current capacities, capabilities, readiness, and interest in the Program (DOI recognizes that some tribes have pursued land consolidation activities for many years).
Engage with the Buy-Back Program to discuss your current resources and capabilities in areas such as outreach, mapping and land use characterization, appraisal experience.
Educate owners about (general outreach materials are available to facilitate this effort).
Identify questions and issues that are frequently raised by owners and share them with the Buy-Back Program.
Identify individual landowners that are interested in selling their fractional interests.
Encourage landowners to update their address information by contacting the Trust Beneficiary Call Center at (888) 678-6836.
Attend general outreach meetings, webinars, or regional events (list of upcoming events is available for reference).
Work with the Buy-Back Program to exchange GIS data to ensure current mapping of reservation lands, which can facilitate identification of priorities and valuation efforts.
Determine tribal acquisition priorities (specific tracts of land that are of particular interest for acquisition through the Buy-Back Program).