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.
PHOTO RELEASE: Secretary Salazar Promotes America's Great Outdoors
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Last edited 4/26/2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following President Obama's announcement of the America's Great Outdoors report on February 16th, 2011, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar hit the road on a three-state tour to highlight the importance of the 21st century conservation and recreation initiative. Later on this week, Secretary Salazar will continue the America's Great Outdoors conversation by marking the 150th anniversary of the Civil War with President Lincoln re-enactor “Fritz” Klein and participating in a discussion on the America's Great Outdoors initiative at the Center for American Progress. Specific details to follow.
Photos from his visits to New York, Florida, and California can be found here.