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.
Every day someone like you becomes a wildland wildfire fighter, a teacher, a trail-builder, a museum curator, or a park ranger. Discover your opportunities in national parks. Come to play. Come to learn. Come to serve. Develop your environmental leadership skills. Find a job. Be the next generation to preserve and protect these great places.
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 Jewell, Mayor Bloomberg to Re-Open Statue of Liberty on July 4th
Nation's Birthday to Mark First Public Access to Iconic Symbol Since Hurricane Sandy
Last edited 4/27/2016
NEW YORK, N.Y. – On July 4, 2013, the Statue of Liberty and Liberty Island will reopen to the public for the first time since Hurricane Sandy made landfall on October 29, 2012. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will join New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, U.S. Senator Robert Menendez, National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis, and other dignitaries in a ceremony and ribbon cutting on Liberty Island to celebrate the reopening.
A ferry from the Marine Inspection Office in lower Manhattan will provide accredited media access to Liberty Island to cover the ceremony. There will be no media access to the Statue or pedestal.
Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg
U.S. Senator Robert Menendez
National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis
Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island Superintendent David Luchsinger
Re-Opening Ceremony for the Statue of Liberty and Liberty Island
Thursday, July 4, 2013, 10:30 a.m. EDT (media must arrive by 8:00 a.m. EDT)
Marine Inspection Office (MIO), located in between the U.S. Coast Guard building and the Staten Island Ferry Terminal in lower Manhattan, to board the media ferry to Liberty Island
Credentialed members of the media must RSVP via email no later than 12:00 P.M. EDT on Wednesday, July 3, to secure space on the ferry. Please send an email to Emily_Beyer@ios.doi.gov with “STATUE REOPENING RSVP” in the subject line. Please include the name of the media outlet you represent, contact information, and the names and titles of representatives attending the event.
NOTE: Additional logistical information will be provided upon receipt of RSVP