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.
Sec. Jewell, Sec. Donovan, Mayor Bloomberg, Director Jarvis to Announce Establishment of Science & Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay
Underscores Administration's Commitment to Help Communities Prepare for Effects of Climate Change; Builds on National Park Service, City of New York Agreement
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Monday, August 12, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, Secretary for Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan, New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis will be at Gateway National Recreation Area to announce the establishment of a new Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay.
The Institute, stemming from a cooperative agreement between the National Park Service and the City of New York, will serve as a top-tier research center to promote the understanding of resilience in the urban ecosystem and adjacent communities.
Sec. Jewell and Sec. Donovan, Chair of the President's Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, will also make an announcement regarding efforts to assist communities in building coastal resilience.
Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior
Shaun Donovan, Secretary for Housing and Urban Development
Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City
Jonathan B. Jarvis, Director, National Park Service
Announcement regarding Jamaica Bay Science and Resilience Institute
Riis Landing at Jamaica Bay Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area
Intersection of State Rd. & Heinzelman Rd., West Side of Marine Pkwy Bridge
Rockaway, Queens, NY
Monday, August 12, 2013 @ 11:00 a.m. Media encouraged to arrive at 10:45 a.m.
The event is open to credentialed members of the media. A press van will depart from the East Gate of City Hall at 10:00 a.m. on Monday.