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.
Photos: White House Hispanic Community Action Summit and Cesar Chavez Legacy Awards
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Secretary Salazar and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa at the White House Hispanic community action summit. Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
Secretary Salazar commends technical students at the White House Hispanic community action summit in Los Angeles, CA. Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
Secretary Salazar answers a question from a child named Michael is home schooled and asked a question about home schooling at the White House Hispanic community action summit. Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
Secretary Salazar with Paul Chavez and Dolores Huerta at the 12th Annual Cesar Chavez Legacy Awards. Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
Secretary Salazar and White House Office of Public Engagement Julie Chávez Rodriguez at the 12th Annual Cesar Chavez Legacy Awards. Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
Secretary Salazar, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and dozens of White House and Cabinet officials joined Los Angeles area leaders, educators, business owners and state and local elected officials to identify and address issues important to the Hispanic community and the nation at the White House Hispanic community action summit.
Later, Secretary Salazar attended the 12th Annual Cesar Chavez Legacy Awards in Los Angeles, CA.