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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Secretary Salazar, CEQ Chair Sutley will Speak at Fort Ord Dedication Ceremony
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WASHINGTON -- On Saturday, May 19, 2012, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley will speak at the dedication ceremony for the recently established Fort Ord National Monument. Rep. Sam Farr, Garrison Commander Col. Joel J. Clark, Deputy Secretary of the Interior David Hayes and Director of the Bureau of Land Management Bob Abbey will join them.
Participants and media should plan to arrive no later than 10 a.m. The event will begin at 10:30 a.m.
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar
Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley
Representative Sam Farr
Deputy Secretary of the Interior David J. Hayes
Bureau of Land Management Director Bob Abbey
Garrison Commander Col. Joel J. Clark
Dedication of the Fort Ord National Monument
Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Daylight Savings Time
Fort Ord National Monument lands near Monterey, Calif. From the corner of General Jim Moore Blvd and Gigling Rd., follow the BLM Special Event signs (about 12 minutes)
Credentialed news media representatives may cover this event. Please contact Erin Curtis, 916-350-0518, to RSVP and get further information.