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.
National Park Service, South Dakota, Office of the Secretary, America's Great Outdoors, Blog Post
Rising above the Black Hills of South Dakota, Mount Rushmore National Memorial is a stunning sight to behold. Audacious in scale and magnificent in artistry, the massive sculpture is a memorial to four American presidents and so much more.
National Park Service, Alabama, Arkansas, District of Columbia, Photo Gallery
As America’s storyteller, the National Park Service preserves and interprets important places that teach us about our nation’s history and culture, so that future generations can learn from the past. The many African American heritage sites protected and maintained by the National Park Service honor the contributions African Americans made to the nation.
Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Bureau of Reclamation, Blog Post
Interior's mission is vast and wide ranging -- covering everything from protecting America’s wildlife and natural and cultural treasures to providing mapping, geological, hydrological and biological science for the nation and powering our energy future. That means we need a diverse team of hardworking, talented employees performing many different types of work in support of that mission.
Bureau of Reclamation, Arizona, California, Colorado, Press Release
In addition to drought contingency actions and updating the water agreement with Mexico, the agreements referenced in the Secretarial Order will maintain significant hydropower production and associated financial support for critical environmental programs, and they will help protect Indian treaty rights and recognized water rights.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Alaska, District of Columbia, Office of the Secretary, Photo Gallery
The Arctic Youth Ambassador program was established by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service-Alaska Region, U.S. Department of the Interior, and U.S. Department of State in partnership with nonprofit partner Alaska Geographic. The ambassadors hail from Alaska and understand the Arctic, its people, and can explain it from a youth perspective for their peers across the United States and around the world.
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, North Carolina, Office of the Secretary, New Energy Frontier, Press Release
The Kitty Hawk lease area begins about 24 nautical miles from shore and extends 25.7 nautical miles in a general southeast direction. Its seaward extent ranges from 13.5 nautical miles in the north to .6 of a nautical mile in the south.
National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, District of Columbia, Office of the Secretary, Blog Post
Editor’s note: Interior Secretary Sally Jewell visited Baihuashan National Nature Reserve in 2015 for a signing ceremony promoting tourism and strengthening international partnership and collaboration between the U.S. and China. This is a blog authored in Chinese and English by our colleagues at the reserve (in conjunction with Interior) about how the ongoing collaboration is protecting and preserving one of China’s most rare species.
Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, Alabama, California, Press Release
Building on the Administration’s commitment to protecting places that are culturally and historically significant and that reflect the story of all Americans, President Obama today designated the Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument in Birmingham, Ala., the Freedom Riders National Monument in Anniston, Ala. and the Reconstruction Era National Monument in Beaufort County, S.C. to honor historic sites in both states that played an important role in American civil rights history.