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:
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AMERICA'S GREAT OUTDOORS: Secretary Salazar, UFW President Rodriguez and the Chávez Family to Celebrate César Chávez's Legacy at Dedication of Delano's ‘Forty Acres'
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DELANO, CA— On Monday, February 21st, 2011, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, United Farm Workers President Arturo Rodriguez and Paul Chávez, César Chávez's son and president of the César Chávez Foundation, will celebrate the life and legacy of the legendary farm labor and civil rights leader at the long-awaited “Forty Acres” plaque dedication ceremony.
Designated as a National Historic Landmark in October 2008, the site serves as an example of the historical and cultural preservation called for in the America's Great Outdoors Initiative. The 40-acre plot west of Delano is where many of the most momentous and historical events of the 1960s farm worker movement took place. Members of the media are invited to attend a brief walking tour of the site prior to the ceremony.
Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
Arturo S. Rodriguez, United Farm Workers President