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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Secretary Jewell Announces $8.7 Million for Conservation, Wildfire Prevention and Recreation Projects in Nevada
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Last edited 4/26/2016
WASHINGTON, DC – Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today announced that the Department will commit more than $8.7 million for a variety of projects throughout Nevada, including recreational improvement, wildlife habitat conservation and environmental restoration, and hazardous fuels reduction and wildfire prevention.
The funding is part of the latest round under the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act, legislation passed in 1998 that allows proceeds from sales of public land in Clark County, Nevada to fund a range of conservation, capital improvement and public improvement projects throughout the state.
“Today's announcement is the latest chapter in a successful collaboration that is conserving Nevada's natural beauty and unique landscapes and ensuring public lands will continue to enhance and support statewide growth and development,” Secretary Jewell said. “These funds will not only help restore and enhance these special areas for future generations, but also provide communities with greater wildfire protection, and generate jobs and vital resources for hard hit communities.”
The funding announced today includes more than $7.2 million for projects in the following categories:
Hazardous Fuels Reduction and Wildfire Prevention - $1,646,902
Parks, Trails & Natural Areas - $1,383,805
Capital Improvements - $475,916
Conservation Initiatives - $1,608,376
Environmentally Sensitive Land Acquisitions - $381,350
The Round 14 package also includes $1.5 million in a special account reserve for emergency or unexpected project expenditures.
Interior has shared more than $2.7 billion with Nevada from the sale of public lands in the Las Vegas Valley over the last 15 years. The Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act allows the Bureau of Land Management to sell public land within a specific boundary around Las Vegas, Nevada. The revenue derived from land sales is split between the State of Nevada General Education Fund (5%), the Southern Nevada Water Authority (10%), and a special account available to the Secretary of the Interior for restoration, conservation, recreation and capital improvement projects.