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 Make Major Announcement Advancing Youth & Conservation Initiative
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tomorrow, Wednesday, January 8, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will join American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. and the U.S. Department of Agriculture at the FDR Memorial in Washington, D.C. to make a major announcement regarding an initiative to better connect the next generation to America's great outdoors.
In October, Jewell delivered a speech at the National Press Club outlining her conservation vision for the country, which includes an ambitious initiative to engage the next generation through education, employment and volunteer opportunities on public lands.
On Wednesday, Jewell and American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. will announce an unprecedented private sector commitment that will help put young people and veterans to work on public lands and build a bold, new 21st Century Conservation Service Corps. Youth engagement has been a signature part of President Obama's conservation agenda, and Wednesday's announcement builds upon the ongoing partnership with USDA and other members of the federal family through the 21CSC.
Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior Robert Bonnie, Under Secretary of Agriculture for Natural Resources and the Environment & 21st Century CSC Steering Committee Co-Chair Helga Ying, Vice President of External Engagement and Social Responsibility, American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. Bob Vogel, National Mall & Memorial Parks Superintendent LaShauntya Moore, Earth Conservation Corps, Youth Program Coordinator
Announcement regarding Youth Initiative
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
10:45 a.m. EST – Media Check-In//Press Parking is Available on W. Basin Drive
11:00 a.m. EST – Press Conference
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial
1850 West Basin Dr SW
Washington, D.C. 20242
Credentialed members of the media who wish to attend this event are encouraged to RSVP here no later than 5:00 PM EST on Tuesday, January 7.