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 Visit North Dakota to Promote Domestic Energy as Economic Engine
Will Tour Onshore Production Facilities; As Part of President's Climate Action Plan, will see First-Hand Innovative Technologies to Capture Methane Emissions
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Next week, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will travel to North Dakota to highlight steps the Obama Administration is taking to create jobs, decrease our dependence on foreign oil, cut carbon pollution, and grow our economy as part of an all-of-the-above American-made energy strategy. This will be the Jewell's first trip to the Bakken region as Secretary.
On Tuesday, August 6, Secretary Jewell will travel to Williston, N.D., and the surrounding area to tour oil and gas development operations on federal mineral estate in western North Dakota, where oil and gas production is rapidly expanding on federal, state, and private lands.
Accompanied by U.S. Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp and Lieutenant Governor Drew Wrigley, Secretary Jewell will visit a drilling rig actively producing oil from federal resources; tour a crude oil production facility where oil is processed, stored, and transported via truck, rail and pipelines to refineries across the country; and inspect innovative technologies to capture and reduce fugitive methane emissions. The President's Climate Action Plan calls for the Administration to work collaboratively with state governments, as well as the private sector, to reduce emissions across multiple sectors, improve air quality, and achieve public health and economic benefits.
On Wednesday, August 7, Secretary Jewell will meet with the Bakken Federal Executive Working Group, which represents a dozen federal bureaus with review responsibilities in the Bakken. The group was identified by the President as one of five priority regional initiatives under Executive Order 13604, Improving Performance of Federal Permitting and Review of Infrastructure Projects. The group is working collaboratively to address common obstacles associated with the Bakken energy boom in western North Dakota.
Sally Jewell, U.S. Secretary of the Interior
John Hoeven, U.S. Senator
Heidi Heitkamp, U.S. Senator
Drew Wrigley, Lieutenant Governor of North Dakota
Neil Kornze, Principal Deputy Director of the Bureau of Land Management
Media Availability and Tour of Statoil Onshore Facility
Tuesday, August 6, 2013, at 12:30 PM CDT
Statoil Onshore Facility
14649 Brigham Drive
Williston, ND 58801
Credentialed members of the media must RSVP HERE no later than 5:00 PM EDT on Monday, August 5, 2013. Additional instructions on locations will be provided to those who RSVP.