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.
Every day someone like you becomes a wildland wildfire fighter, a teacher, a trail-builder, a museum curator, or a park ranger. Discover your opportunities in national parks. Come to play. Come to learn. Come to serve. Develop your environmental leadership skills. Find a job. Be the next generation to preserve and protect these great places.
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.
TOMORROW: Secretary Jewell to Give Major Address on Conservation at National Press Club
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Thursday, October 31, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will speak at the National Press Club to discuss conservation priorities, including Interior's role in the President's Climate Action Plan, and strengthening the nation's economy through healthy lands, water and wildlife. The remarks at the National Press Club luncheon will be followed by a question and answer session.
Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior
Remarks at the National Press Club
529 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20045 NOTE: The event will be live streamed at press.org.
Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 1:00 pm EST
For information on how to attend the event, or to watch it live, visit press.org.
Join in the conversation by using the hashtag #Conservation on Twitter.
To submit questions for the Q&A section, put JEWELL in the subject line and email to firstname.lastname@example.org before 7 a.m. Oct. 31.