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.
Readout on Secretary Salazar's Meeting with Governor Herbert
Office of the Secretary
Last edited 4/25/2016
Washington, DC - Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today met with Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert today to discuss their ongoing work together and to follow up on their productive discussions and meeting in Utah in April.
Secretary Salazar and Governor Herbert spoke about the economic importance of Interior's commitment to facilitating the responsible development of wind, solar, and geothermal resources on public lands in Utah, including near Milford, Utah, where Secretary Salazar visited in April. They also discussed the importance of harnessing conventional energy resources in the right ways and in the right places.
Secretary Salazar and Governor Herbert also followed up on their discussions at the Governor's Balanced Resource Council Meeting in Salt Lake City in April, where the Secretary and the Governor talked about the America's Great Outdoors Agenda and consensus-driven strategies for protecting places that are important to communities in Utah. Secretary Salazar said he understands the economic importance of Utah's natural beauty to the state; outdoor recreation alone contributes an estimated $5.8 billion annually to Utah's economy and supports an estimated 65,000 jobs.
Secretary Salazar also said Interior is making swift progress on its investments in Utah through the Recovery Act, including a $50 million Recovery Act investment in the Central Utah Project Completion Act (CUPCA).
Secretary Salazar said he would to continue to work closely together with Governor Herbert on issues of importance to the State of Utah and the Nation.
For an analysis of the economic impact of Interior's programs and activities, click here.