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.
Interior and Agriculture Promote Physical Activity in Support of White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity's Report to the President
Last edited 4/25/2016
Tomorrow, in conjunction with the release of the White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity's Report to the President, Deputy Director of the National Park Service Dan Wenk, Senior Advisor to the Secretary Bob Stanton, and Chief of the US Forest Service Tom Tidwell will participate in hiking, mountain biking, and gardening at Fort Dupont Park in Southeast DC. The event will highlight the need to expand opportunities for outdoor recreation and physical activity among inner-city students, as well as make urban parks and open spaces more accessible to youth and their families.
Deputy Director Dan Wenk, National Park Service
Advisor Robert Stanton, Senior Advisor to Secretary Salazar
Chief Tom Tidwell, US Forest Service
150 students from nearby Kimball Elementary School (3rd-5th grade)
White House Childhood Obesity Task Force event to promote urban parks and outdoor recreation