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.
Secretarial Order No. 3289: Addressing the Impacts of Climate Change on America's Water, Land, and Other Natural and Cultural Resources
With his signing of Secretarial Order No. 3289 on Sept. 14, 2009, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar launched a climate-change-response strategy large and bold enough for us to meet these challenges. His order provides us with the framework to coordinate efforts among our Interior bureaus and to integrate our science and management expertise with that of our partners.
Two initiatives – DOI Climate Science Centers and Landscape Conservation Cooperatives – form the cornerstones of this integrated approach to climate-change science and adaptation. Each has a distinct science and resource-management role but also shares complementary capacities and capabilities. This strategy will serve the Department's land, fish, wildlife, water, marine, tribal, and cultural heritage managers, as well as for our federal, state, local, Tribal, NGO, private landowner, and other stakeholder partners.
On June 3, 2011, as required by the Federal Agency Climate Change Adaptation Planning Implementing Instructions, the Department also released a statement reiterating our continued commitment to addressing the impacts climate change may have on our operations and assets through adaptation planning.