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.
Salazar, Bromwich Visit Gulf Coast, Encourage Interior Employees in Fight to Protect Communities, Coasts, and Wildlife
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Last edited 4/25/2016
NEW ORLEANS, LA – Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Regulation and Enforcement (BOEM) Director Michael R. Bromwich are in Louisiana today receiving updates on oil spill response efforts and visiting Interior employees who are working to protect Gulf Coast communities, coastlines, and wildlife from the BP oil spill.
“I am proud of the tireless efforts of public servants, volunteers, and citizens from across the country who are working tirelessly to protect the communities and natural resources of the Gulf Coast,” said Salazar. “I am particularly proud of the many Interior employees, including scientists, wildlife professionals, engineers, and park rangers who are lending their professionalism and expertise to the effort. I appreciate their service, dedication, and sacrifice on behalf of our nation.”
Secretary Salazar began the day with a visit with Admiral Thad Allen to the Helix Producer, where they received an update on oil and gas containment and collection efforts and observed the drilling of the relief wells.
Secretary Salazar then visited with Interior employees at the Unified Area Command in New Orleans, where he thanked public servants for their dedication and commitment and encouraged them to continue their non-stop efforts to protect the people and natural resources of the Gulf Coast from the impacts of the BP oil spill.
Director Bromwich, who on Tuesday appeared before the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling, today met with employees at the BOEM office in New Orleans. He also participated in a flyover of areas affected by the oil spill.
Approximately 1,100 Interior employees are currently deployed to the Gulf of Mexico to assist with the oil spill response.