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.
Salazar to Announce Major Renewable Energy Initiative
Interior Joining Forces with Defense to Increase Energy Security
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WASHINGTON, DC – On Monday, August 6, 2012, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will hold a press conference call to announce a major renewable energy initiative between the Department of the Interior and the Department of Defense. Salazar will be joined on the call by Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Installations and Environment Dr. Dorothy Robyn and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who will preview the National Clean Energy Summit 5.0 that he is hosting the following day.
Credentialed members of the news media can join the teleconference by dialing 1-888-566-6143 and providing the access code INTERIOR.
Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
Harry Reid, U.S. Senate Majority Leader
Dr. Dorothy Robyn, Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Installations and Environment
Press Teleconference to Announce Major Renewable Energy Initiative
Monday, August 6, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. PDT / 12:00 p.m. EDT
Credentialed news media are invited to join the Secretary's teleconference by dialing 1-888-566-6143 and providing the access code INTERIOR.