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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Secretary Salazar to Celebrate Completion and Grand Opening of Tamiami Trail Bridge
Major Milestone in Everglades Restoration; Means Restoration of Natural Water Flows to Everglades National Park
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EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK, FL – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will join Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) Jo-Ellen Darcy, Everglades National Park Superintendent Dan Kimball, Chairman of the Board of the South Florida National Parks Trust Neal McAliley, and other local officials to celebrate the completion and the grand opening of a one-mile bridge over the Tamiami Trail. The bridge is the largest construction project in the history of the National Park Service and the last structural component of the Modified Water Deliveries (MWD) project to restore natural water flows to the Everglades.
Following the ceremony, Salazar will hold a brief media availability and will lead ceremony participants in an inaugural crossing of the bridge. This will be the Secretary's 11th trip to Florida as part of the Administration's commitment to restoring the Everglades.
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) Jo-Ellen Darcy Everglades National Park Superintendent Dan Kimball Chairman of the Board of the South Florida National Parks Trust Neal McAliley
Tamiami Trail One-Mile Bridge Opening Ceremony
Tuesday, March 19, 2013 @ 1:30 p.m. (EDT) Media must arrive no later than 12:30 p.m. (EDT) to gain access to the bridge
Tamiami Trail Everglades National Park, Florida Parking: L-30 Levee, South side of the Tamiami Trail / SW 8th Street, approximately one mile west of the Krome Avenue intersection Event: Western Bridge Approach
Credentialed members of the media are invited to cover the ceremony and the crossing of the bridge, but must arrive no later than 12:30 p.m. EDT to gain access to the bridge. Salazar and other dignitaries will be available for questions following the ceremony. Members of the media are encouraged to RSVP to Jessica Kershaw (email@example.com).