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 to Discuss Backcountry Areas Deserving Congressional Protection as Conservation Lands or Wilderness
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WASHINGTON DC – On Thursday, November 10, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will hold a news media teleconference to discuss the release of a report on backcountry areas deserving protection by Congress as national conservation areas or as Wilderness. The Secretary will be joined by Interior Deputy Secretary David J. Hayes and Director of the Bureau of Land Management Bob Abbey.
Media representatives may join the 2:00 pm (Eastern) teleconference by dialing 1-800-369-1173 and provide the access code INTERIOR.
Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
David J. Hayes, Deputy Secretary of the Interior
Bob Abbey, Director of the Bureau of Land Management
Report on backcountry areas deserving protection by Congress
Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 2:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Reporters wishing to join the teleconference may dial 1-800-369-1173 and provide the access code INTERIOR.