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.
Frequently Asked Questions - Gifts in General from Outside Sources
Gifts from Domestic and Private Sources
Question: When is a gift given because of an employee's official position?
Answer: If the gift would not have been offered or given if you held some other position, or if it is offered or given because you work where you work and/or have your duties in the Agency. See 5 CFR § 2635.203(e)
Question: You are a Hydrologist program specialist/researcher. An agricultural cooperative that has business dealings with the Department invites you to participate in an all-expense paid tour of the farms and processing facilities of the members of the cooperative. It does not matter to the cooperative whether you participate in a private capacity or on official time. May you accept the invitation?
Answer: The agricultural cooperative is a prohibited source that offered the all-expense tour because of your official position. The offer does not meet any exclusion or exception that would permit you personally to accept.
Your agency cannot accept the gift of travel because the proposed travel does not meet the "meeting or similar function" definition of the regulatory authority for accepting travel and expenses for travel for non-Federal sources. 41 C.F.R. §304-1.2(c)(3).