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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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 Salazar Honors Interior Law Enforcement Officers at Wreath Laying Ceremony
Last edited 4/25/2016
WASHINGTON, DC– Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar led a wreath-laying ceremony today at the headquarters of the U.S. Department of the Interior to honor 134 Department of the Interior law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty since the department's founding in 1849.
“Today, we are thankful that it is has been more than three and half years since a Department of the Interior law enforcement office has been killed in the line of duty,” Secretary Salazar said. “I attribute this to the dedication, training and discipline that our officers demonstrate when they put on their uniform each day.”
Present at the ceremony were family members of Kris Eggle, a National Park Service ranger killed in the line of duty at age 28 on August 9, 2002 at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. Kris's father, Bob Eggle, has worked to promote officer safety and calling attention to border violence issues.
Those on the remembrance list began with Captain Chin Chi Kee, the first Department of the Interior law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty. He was shot and killed while apprehending whiskey smugglers in 1852.
The Secretary also honored law enforcement officers from other departments and agencies who gave up their lives on our nation's public lands in the past year.
“As we honor those officers lost, we also honor the 3,321 full-time Department law-enforcement officers nationwide and the 2,000 tribal law enforcement officers. You are all heroes,” said Secretary Salazar.
The Department has more than 3,000 sworn law enforcement officers who protect the public and Interior employees as part of the National Park Service, U.S. Park Police, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Bureau of Reclamation. The ceremony of remembrance is held each year in Washington, D.C. during National Police Week.