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.
Secretary Salazar, BOEM Director Beaudreau to Wrap-Up Brazil Trip with National Media Call
Last edited 4/27/2016
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will conclude his trip to Brazil with a national media call to discuss his visit – focused on promoting key strategic partnerships, energy development and open government as part of President Obama's efforts to create jobs, enhance offshore energy safety and make government more transparent and effective.
On the trip, Secretary Salazar and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Tommy Beaudreau held meetings with Brazilian government leaders, Petrobras CEO Gracas Foster, and representatives of U.S. energy companies to discuss best practices for offshore drilling safety and deepwater well containment, as well as opportunities to enhance strategic partnerships on safe and responsible energy development. The meetings build off last year's Ministerial Forum on Offshore Drilling Containment hosted by Secretary Salazar at the Department of the Interior in which ministers and senior officials from 12 countries and the European Union, including Brazil, shared best practices. They also build on workshops and meetings that Interior agencies have hosted with their Brazilian counterparts in recent months.
Earlier today, Secretary Salazar hosted a travel and tourism roundtable in Brasília where he heard from local business leaders including Betty Abrahão, President of Absoluta Turismo, Miguel Vives from Disney Brasil, and Périco Mello of Hotéis Meliá, on efforts to boost tourism in the United States. Brazil is the fourth largest source for international travelers to the United States, with spending by Brazilian visitors reaching over $4.5 billion in 2009. Efforts to streamline Brazilian access to the United States, such as the opening of two new consulates in Belo Horizonte and Porto Alegre, will help increase the ability of Brazilians to experience America's most amazing places including America's national parks, wildlife refuges, and public lands.
Prior to today's media call, Salazar will join Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Meeting, an international forum in which representatives from 50 nations will discuss progress towards making government more open, effective, and accountable.
Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
Tommy Beaudreau, Director, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Media Call with Secretary Salazar and BOEM Director Beaudreau