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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Statement of Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar On the Passing of Park Superintendent Brian O'Neill
Last edited 4/25/2016
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar issued the following statement regarding the death yesterday of Brian O'Neill, longtime superintendent of Golden Gate National Recreation Area in the San Francisco Bay area of California.
“With heavy hearts, the Department of the Interior family mourns the loss of one of America's great champions for our national parks and for the wise stewardship of our national treasures. As an architect of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and its superintendent for almost a quarter century, Brian O'Neill left an indelible mark on our landscape and on the millions of lives he touched through his service.
“Year after year, Brian found new ways to connect ordinary Americans with the wonder of our nation's history and our sacred places. Last year, more than fourteen million people visited the Golden Gate National Recreation Area from Tomales Bay and the Muir Woods to the Golden Gate, Presidio and Alcatraz Island.
“Deeply loved by the community in which he served and widely admired among his colleagues, Brian O'Neill's was, and will always remain, a legendary figure in National Park Service and the Department of the Interior. His big heart, infectious enthusiasm and talent at what he called “friend-raising” made him the perfect ambassador for the cause of conservation.
“My thoughts and prayers are with Brian's family, friends, colleagues, and the San Francisco community. May his example of stewardship and service always endure in the stories and places that he dedicated his life to enrich, protect, and preserve.”