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.
"Founded in 1997, under a memorandum of understanding with the Department of the Interior. To denote program resources to our retirees and current employees under DOI."
Authority to determine coverage is delegated to the Department of the Interior (DOI). The Bureau FF/LEO Retirement Specialist works with employees and servicing personnel offices to submit recommendations for coverage to DOI.
Established by Department of the Interior (DOI) in 1997, the purpose of FLERT is two-fold: (1) to provide a consistent administration of retirement provisions within the Department of the Interior; and (2) develop a process for handling firefighter and law enforcement retirement that is efficient; done in accordance with the law; serves the interests of the employees covered by the special retirement system; and is done in accordance with best management practices.
FLERT primarily receives, reviews, and processes position descriptions for a coverage determination. If coverage for the PD is denied by the Secretary or his/her Designee, the denial letter is returned to the FLERT office which is subsequently sent to the Servicing Personnel Office (SPO) with guidance to the employee(s) encumbering the position to file for reconsideration if he/she does not agree with the final determination. If an employee encumbers a non-covered PD, he/she must file, within six months, a formal written request for a determination (RFD) for the non-covered position, therein providing evidence to support the requirements found in C.F.R. § 843.804.
FLERT also maintains position and individual FF/LEO records for the: Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, Office of Aircraft Services, the Inspector General's Office and DOI National offices.
PD Submission Process:
The SPO should submit the position description with a recommendation for the type of coverage requested (e.g., primary or secondary) to FLERT. A certification sheet is formulated then circulated to the Bureau Program Designee and then forwarded to the Secretary or his/her Designee for review and final determination.If the requested coverage is approved, that will end the review process. A Copy of the signed certification sheet is then sent to the SPO. For further guidance see: