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.
Every day someone like you becomes a wildland wildfire fighter, a teacher, a trail-builder, a museum curator, or a park ranger. Discover your opportunities in national parks. Come to play. Come to learn. Come to serve. Develop your environmental leadership skills. Find a job. Be the next generation to preserve and protect these great places.
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.
AMERICA'S GREAT OUTDOORS RIVERS:Secretary Salazar to Establish National Blueways Initiative
Announcement of First National Blueway Planned in Hartford
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HARTFORD, CT. – On Thursday, May 24, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will travel to Hartford to join federal, state, and local leaders and members of the conservation community to announce the National Blueways Initiative. Secretary Salazar will also name the Connecticut River Watershed as the nation's first National Blueway. The event is open to the public.
The event is part of President Obama's America's Great Outdoors Rivers Initiative to establish a community-driven conservation and recreation agenda for the 21st century. Thursday's designation will recognize the collaborative leadership of more than 40 partner organizations under the umbrella of the Friends of the Silvio O. Conte Refuge and the cumulative successes of the Connecticut River Watershed Council, states, and many other partners. The sustained, landscape-level efforts by public and private partners to conserve and restore the river and watershed for wildlife, people, and outdoor recreation provide an exemplary model for future National Blueways.
Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
Richard Blumenthal, U.S. Senator
John Larson, U.S. Congressman
Terrence “Rock” Salt, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army, Civil Works
Wendi Weber, Regional Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Patrick Comins, Chairman, Friends of the Silvio O. Conte Refuge
Signing ceremony to establish the National Blueways Initiative and name the first National Blueway.
Thursday, May 24, 2012 @ 11:15 a.m ET
Riverside Park, 20 Leibert Road, Hartford, CT.
All credentialed media are invited to cover the event.