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.
President Obama to Deliver Remarks at White House American Latino Heritage Forum
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WASHINGTON, DC—On Wednesday, October 12, the President will deliver remarks at an American Latino Heritage Forum being hosted by the White House and the U.S. Department of the Interior to celebrate the past and ongoing contributions of American Latinos who have helped shape America's rich and diverse history.
The forum, which will help celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, will be held at the Department of the Interior and is expected to attract a broad spectrum of business leaders, cultural leaders, and scholars from the Latino community to discuss how the legacy of American Latinos should be recognized, preserved and interpreted for future generations.
The forum will feature three panels that will discuss: “Recognizing the Contributions of the American Latino in the American Economy,” “Honoring the Contributions of American Latinos from the Revolutionary War to Iraq and Afghanistan,” and “Celebrating the Contributions of American Latino Heritage in Arts and Culture.”
“Our country thrives on the diversity and ingenuity of its people,” said Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. “Through the centuries, American Latinos have contributed to all aspects of our society and our culture. They are entrepreneurs and public servants, laborers and farm workers, doctors and lawyers, activists and educators, and brave service members who defend our way of life at home and abroad. Our ability to harness the resources and talent of the Latino community will only strengthen our Nation's ability to out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world.”
President Barack Obama
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar
Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis
Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki
Members of Congress and Latino community leaders from across the country
White House Forum on American Latino Heritage
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
8:30AM – 5:30PM
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