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 Tour California Water Facilities for On-the-Ground Examination of Historic Drought Issues
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SACRAMENTO, CA – On Tuesday, March 11, 2014, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will tour the federal C.W. “Bill” Jones Pumping Plant in Byron, Calif., to examine firsthand critical water storage and conveyance facilities. Accompanying the Secretary will be California Secretary for Natural Resources John Laird, Acting Commissioner of Interior's Bureau of Reclamation Lowell Pimley, and other federal, state and local officials.
The tour will be followed by a brief media availability on the federal-state response to the drought.
Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior
John Laird, California Secretary for Natural Resources
Lowell Pimley, Acting Commissioner, Bureau of Reclamation
Tour of C.W. “Bill” Jones Pumping Plant followed by media availability
March 11, 2014
12:45 PM PDT – Media check-in
1:00 PM PDT – Tour begins
C.W. “Bill” Jones Pumping Plant
16650 Kelso Road
Due to the secure facility, credentialed members of the media are required to RSVP by 5:00 PM PDT on March 10, 2014, to Margaret Gidding - email@example.com - 916-978-5101. Additional logistical details will be provided to confirmed members of the media.