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.
Administration to Announce Initiative to Help Honor Military Members and their Families
Salazar, Jarvis, Darcy to kick-off Armed Forces Week in Virginia
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YORKTOWN, VA – On Tuesday, May 15, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis, and Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy will participate in a ceremony to announce a new initiative to honor our military, their families, and America's public lands.
The Armed Forces Week ceremony will take place at Colonial National Historical Park and will include members from all five branches of the military.
Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
Jon Jarvis, Director of the National Park Service
Jo-Ellen Darcy, Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works)
Ceremony and announcement to honor military members and families
Tuesday, May 15, 2012 @ 10:30 AM EDT
Yorktown Victory Monument, Colonial National Historical Park, Yorktown, VA
Note: In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in the Yorktown Battlefield Visitor Center.