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 Jewell to Commemorate 20th Annual National Public Lands Day in Atlanta
Jewell will Join Hundreds of Volunteers at Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site
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ATLANTA – On Saturday, September 28, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will join U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe and hundreds of volunteers at the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site in Atlanta, Georgia, to commemorate the 20th annual National Public Lands Day (NPLD).
Secretary Jewell and hundreds of volunteers will participate in activities such as pulling weeds at the “I Have a Dream” International World Peace Rose Garden, removing invasive plants at Freedom Park, and cleaning the interior of Ebenezer Baptist Church, where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was baptized, ordained and served as a co-pastor until his tragic death in 1968.
National Public Lands Day is the largest, single-day volunteer effort on behalf of parks and other public lands. This year more than 180,000 volunteers are expected to volunteer at nearly 2,200 sites across the country.
The National Environmental Education Foundation coordinates National Public Lands Day, which this year will include participation by eight federal agencies and more than 250 state, county and city partners, and nonprofit organizations.
Sally Jewell, Secretary, U.S. Department of the Interior
Bob Perciasepe, Deputy Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
JL Armstrong, Board Vice-Chair, National Environmental Education Foundation
Michael Rouse, Vice President, Philanthropy and Community Affairs, Toyota Motor Sales, USA
CeeLo Green, Entertainer & Co-Founder of the GreenHouse Foundation
Judy Forte, Superintendent, Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site
20th Annual National Public Lands Day Volunteer Event
Saturday, September 28, 2013
8:30 AM – Media check-in
9:00 AM – Speaking program and media availability
9:45 AM – Service projects (b-roll opportunities with speakers and volunteers)
Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site
450 Auburn Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30312
Credentialed members of the media are encouraged to RSVP HERE no later than 5:00 PM EDT on Friday, September 27, 2013. Additional logistical information will be provided to confirmed members of the media.