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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Secretary Salazar Commends British Columbia and Montana for Agreement to Protect the Flathead Valley
Last edited 4/25/2016
Washington, DC – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today commended an agreement between the governments of British Columbia and Montana to strengthen protections for the Flathead River Basin and the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park.
“This agreement is an historic milestone for the protection of the Flathead Valley and the extraordinary natural wonders that it contains,” said Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. “We would not have come this far if it were not for the leadership of people like Senator Baucus, who has worked tirelessly for so many years to protect the Flathead River for future generations. I look forward to continuing to work with Senator Baucus, Governor Schweitzer, Senator Tester, and others in Montana and Canada to build a long-term strategy to protect these incredible resources on both sides of the border.”
The Flathead River flows south from British Columbia into the United States and forms the western boundary of Glacier National Park. This action adds significant protections to an area that has already been identified as having global significance. Together with Canada's Waterton Lakes National Park, the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park was the world's first transboundary park when it was created in 1932.