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 to Announce Nationwide Youth Employment Funding, Opportunities on Public Lands
Will Join Other Leaders and Youth at Wildlife Refuge Outside Denver to Announce New Jobs Across Nation
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COMMERCE CITY, CO – As part of the Department of the Interior's ambitious youth initiative to inspire millions of young adults and veterans to play, learn, serve and work in the great outdoors, and the President's 21st Century Conservation Service Corps Initiative, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will travel to Denver, Colorado, on Thursday, May 22, 2014, to make a major announcement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.
Joining Secretary Jewell at Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge outside Denver will be U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Under Secretary for Natural Resources and the Environment Arthur “Butch” Blazer, Vice President for Government Relations of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) Greg Knadle, as well as youth corps members from Groundwork Denver.
Following the announcement, Secretary Jewell will participate in a service project with Groundwork Denver.
Sally Jewell, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Arthur “Butch” Blazer, USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Natural Resources and the Environment Greg Knadle, Vice President, Government Relations, NFWF David Lucas, Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge Manager, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Makalah Emanuel, youth representative, Groundwork Denver
Announcement regarding youth employment on U.S. public lands
Thursday, May 22, 2014
11:00 a.m. MDT – media check-in
11:30 a.m. MDT – announcement, followed by service project (b-roll opportunity)
Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge
6550 Gateway Road
Commerce City, CO 80022
Credentialed members of the media interested in covering the announcement are encouraged to RSVP here by 5:00 p.m. MDT on May 21, 2014.