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.
Secretary Salazar Commends Employees for Their Hard Work in 2009
Office of the Secretary
Releases Year-in-Review Report for Interior
Last edited 4/25/2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today thanked the department's employees around the nation for their hard work and accomplishments during 2009, releasing a report on the major conservation, energy and land management initiatives and administrative reforms achieved in the past year.
Speaking at a Town Hall assembly at the Department's headquarters and via satellite to thousands of employees around the nation, Salazar noted that the completion of the Obama Administration's first year in office was “an appropriate opportunity to reflect on the achievements we have made together as a Department and to look forward to the challenges ahead.”
“The belief that we can leave our world better than we found it is why we are called to public service,” Salazar said. “It's why you and I and all of us are here at Interior.” The Secretary also told employees he appreciated receiving their ideas, thoughts, and vision for the Department and the Nation and looked forward to continuing to hear from them through new channels of communication for employee expression and comment.
The 36-page report highlights the progress the Department made and the Secretary's vision for the coming year. It is available online here.