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.
Dep. Secretary Hayes, Assistant Secretary Washburn to Discuss Next Steps to Implement $1.9 Billion Trust Land Consolidation Program
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WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Tuesday, December 18, 2012, Deputy Secretary of the Interior David J. Hayes and Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Kevin K. Washburn will participate in a press conference call with reporters to discuss the next steps in implementing the land consolidation component of the historic Cobell Settlement.
Hayes and Washburn will be joined by Interior Solicitor Hilary Tompkins. The conference is expected to outline the framework for how Interior will begin the landmark effort to purchase fractional interests in American Indian trust lands from willing sellers, enabling tribal governments to use the consolidated parcels for the benefit of their communities.
David J. Hayes, Deputy Secretary of the Interior
Kevin K. Washburn, Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs
Hilary Tompkins, Solicitor of the Department of the Interior
Conference Call to Discuss Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations
Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 2:00 PM EDT
Credentialed news organizations are invited to participate by dialing 1-888-566-5977; Passcode: INTERIOR (given verbally)