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.
Salazar Releases New Report Showing Interior Department Programs and Activities Support Jobs for More Than 1.4 Million Americans
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Last edited 4/25/2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today released a first-of-its-kind report showing that Department of the Interior programs and activities support more than 1.4 million American jobs and more than $370 billion in economic activity across the country.
The report, Economic Impact of the Department of the Interior's Programs and Activities, is the first-ever analysis of the job creation and economic growth benefits related to a wide range of departmental activities, from tourism at national parks to hydroelectric projects in the West to oil and gas development on federal lands and the outer continental shelf.
“Traditionally, we have measured the value of our programs and activities by the service we provide the American people, whether it is conserving a wetland, containing a catastrophic wildfire or welcoming the public to a national park or national wildlife refuge,” Salazar said. “This report shows that the Department of the Interior also creates and supports private sector jobs and economic growth in all 50 states. Furthermore, it underscores that investing in areas such as conservation and energy development can play an important role in getting our economy moving again.”
The report's findings include:
Energy development and mining on lands managed by the department support 726,000 jobs. The most jobs are in Wyoming, New Mexico, Louisiana and Texas.
National parks, national wildlife refuges, and other sites managed by the Interior Department attracted more than 414 million visitors in 2008, supporting 316,000 jobs in tourism and recreation in all 50 states and generating more than $25 billion in economic activity.
Rural states especially benefit from Interior's programs and activities. In states that are more than 50 percent rural, for example, visitors to Interior sites support 200,000 jobs and $15.3 billion in economic activity.
Conservation activities generate large numbers of jobs. For example, every $1 million taxpayers invest in ecosystem restoration projects creates 30 mostly private-sector jobs. Every $1 million invested in recreation projects produces 22 mostly private-sector jobs
Looking to the future, the report estimated that some of the renewable energy projects that are planned in the West will support as many as 60,000 jobs in the Clean Energy Economy while reducing dangerous pollution. Using wind, solar and geothermal power from public lands, the Department plans to supply clean, affordable energy for the future, decreasing America's dependence on foreign oil. With innovation and renewed attention to the benefits of responsible stewardship the Department will help to repower the US economy, create summer jobs for thousands of young people, and create a lasting foundation for prosperity in America.