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.
Secretary Salazar Praises Release of Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Strategy for Public Review
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar released the following statement on the Gulf Coast Task Force's submission today of a preliminary strategy for Gulf Coast ecosystem restoration for public review:
“This is the moment to transform crisis into meaningful restoration that will benefit the Gulf Coast and all Americans for generations to come,” said Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. “I commend the Task Force for building a comprehensive strategy for restoring coastal wetlands, improving habitat for wildlife and fisheries, and strengthening the health of the natural resources and Gulf Coast communities that draw visitors from around the globe.
“The Task Force's preliminary strategy is the result of a collaborative effort among five Gulf Coast states and 11 federal agencies, including the Department of the Interior, and includes significant input from the public, NGOs, tribes, businesses and local governments.
“The strategy builds upon existing state plans and proposes specific actions to implement the Louisiana Coastal Area authorization and Mississippi Coastal Improvement Program, among others. The strategy supports ongoing efforts by Interior to restore Gulf Island National Seashore and increase habitat conservation at a number of national wildlife refuges throughout the Gulf.
“I encourage all Gulf Coast residents and those throughout the country who rely on the Gulf of Mexico for its natural resources to review and provide feedback on this preliminary strategy.”