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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Salazar Holds Stakeholder Meeting on Big Bend Park, Meets with Governor Perry on America's Great Outdoors Initiative
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AUSTIN, TX – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today wrapped up a visit to Texas to meet with local leaders about state-led recreation, conservation and restoration initiatives.
Yesterday, Secretary Salazar held a meeting in Austin with stakeholders to discuss conservation efforts in the Big Bend/Rio Bravo region to maintain wildlife corridors and to enhance cooperation with Mexico to promote better management of the unique natural resources on both sides of the Rio Grande River.
“The U.S. and Mexico share a priceless resource in the Rio Grande and we must act hand-in-hand to conserve it,” Salazar said. “Texas has an important seat at the table as we work to ensure that generations to come can enjoy and experience Big Bend's natural and cultural treasures.”
Today, Salazar also met with Governor Rick Perry to explore how the Department of the Interior and Texas can work together to advance the goals of President Obama's America's Great Outdoors initiative, as well as the $1 billion early restoration agreement reached last week with BP that will help accelerate Gulf Coast restoration projects.
The America's Great Outdoors initiative seeks to partner with communities across America to establish a 21st century conservation and recreation ethic that will create jobs, contribute to local economies and reconnect Americans, especially young people, to the natural world.
The meeting was one of a series that Salazar is holding with the nation's governors to discuss potential partnerships in their states, ranging from revitalizing urban parks to restoring rivers to using conservation easements in rural areas to conserve wildlife habitat while allowing ranching and farming to continue.
“The power of partnership is the heart of the America's Great Outdoors initiative,” Salazar said. “Working closely with the state of Texas and communities across Texas we can achieve far more for conservation and for outdoor recreation than the department or the state could achieve alone.”