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 Hold Public Meeting in New Mexico on Río Grande del Norte Conservation and Recreation
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TAOS, NM – As part of President Obama's America's Great Outdoors program, on Saturday, December 15, 2012, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will host a public listening session to explore the best path forward to preserve and protect the Río Grande del Norte in northern New Mexico. Secretary Salazar will be joined by U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján and Bureau of Land Management State Director for New Mexico Jesse Juen.
“I look forward to hearing from New Mexicans about what the Río Grande del Norte means to their community and what their vision is for its future,” said Secretary Salazar. “Public lands provide huge economic benefits to communities through tourism and outdoor recreation, and the Río Grande del Norte is no exception. We need to ensure that generations to come have the opportunity to experience this iconic western landscape.”
Located about 30 miles northwest of Taos, the Río Grande del Norte contains stretches of the Río Grande Gorge and Ute Mountain, which rises from the Taos valley floor. The area is known for its spectacular landscapes and recreational opportunities – like rafting, fishing and hiking – and serves as important habitat for many birds and wildlife. The Bureau of Land Management currently manages more than 240,000 acres in the region; in recent years, Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall and Representatives Ben Ray Luján and Martin Heinrich have introduced legislation to protect the Río Grande del Norte as a national conservation area.
Credentialed news media members are invited to attend the public meeting.
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar
Congressman Ben Ray Luján
Bureau of Land Management State Director for New Mexico Jesse Juen
Public meeting on Northern New Mexico's Río Grande del Norte