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 Spotlight Model Conservation, Economic Development Partnership in California
Will Tour East Contra Costa County Habitat Conservation Plan Site, Host Discussion on Benefits of Locally-led Conservation Planning
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ANTIOCH, CA -- On Monday, May 5, 2014, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will visit the site of the East Contra Costa County Habitat Conservation Plan, a locally-developed plan to protect and benefit 28 imperiled species in the area while also encouraging land use and economic development.
Jewell will tour the area and host a roundtable discussion with Congressman Jerry McNerney and local leaders from the conservation and development communities who spearheaded the successful conservation plan.
Habitat conservation plans are agreements under the Endangered Species Act under which landowners and other partners work hand-in-hand with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to proactively address long-term conservation needs, maintain local control over land use and provide flexibility to meet economic growth initiatives.
The East Contra Costa County HCP is one of 14 regional habitat conservation plans in California that have been approved or are in development. Together, they are expected to eventually conserve more than two million acres of land located near large urban areas and provide streamlined permitting for thousands of projects with a combined economic value of $1.6 trillion.
Media are invited to both the tour and the stakeholder's meeting.
WHO: Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior Jerry McNerney, U.S. Representative (CA-9) Mary Piepho, Supervisor-District III, Contra Costa County and Chair of the East Contra Costa County Habitat Conservancy Board Sal Evola, Mayor, City of Pittsburg and Board Member, East Contra Costa County Habitat Conservancy John Kopchik, Executive Director, East Contra Costa County Habitat Conservancy Robert Doyle, General Manager, East Bay Regional Park District Catherine Kutsuris, Director, Contra Costa County Department of Conservation & Development Jennifer Norris, Field Supervisor, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Sacramento
Monday, May 5, 2014 12:00pm PDT - Tour of Krieger Peak, East Bay Regional Park 1:30pm PDT - Stakeholder Meeting
Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve, near Antioch, CA
Directions will be provided upon R.S.V.P.
Media are invited to both the stakeholder's meeting and the tour. Those wishing to attend are required to RSVP directly to email@example.com by 5 p.m. PDT on Sunday, May 4. All directions will be provided upon RSVP.