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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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.
Salazar Responds to Inspector General Report on Cape Wind EIS
Last edited 4/25/2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. –Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today sent a letter to Acting Inspector General Mary Kendall regarding an investigative report on the previous Administration's handling of the Cape Wind permit application process in 2008 and early 2009.
Although the Inspector General's report found that the final Cape Wind EIS was not the subject of improper political influence or otherwise deficient, Secretary Salazar is directing Deputy Secretary David J. Hayes to work with Interior Solicitor Hilary Tompkins to review the report and provide recommendations to him regarding those issues that are material to the Department's upcoming Cape Wind decision.
In addition, Secretary Salazar is directing Deputy Secretary Hayes and Assistant Secretary Wilma Lewis to consider how the report's findings might further strengthen the newly established framework for offshore renewable energy development, finalized in April 2009. Although the Cape Wind EIS was completed prior to and independently of the new framework, the new regulations will bring added clarity and certainty to the permitting of future offshore renewable energy projects.
To read Secretary Salazar's letter to Acting Inspector General Kendall, click here.