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.
Every day someone like you becomes a wildland wildfire fighter, a teacher, a trail-builder, a museum curator, or a park ranger. Discover your opportunities in national parks. Come to play. Come to learn. Come to serve. Develop your environmental leadership skills. Find a job. Be the next generation to preserve and protect these great places.
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 Announces New Members of Invasive Species Advisory Committee
Office of the Secretary
Edited Jan. 18, 2013 to correct a name.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has appointed 14 new members to the Invasive Species Advisory Committee, which provides advice and recommendations to the National Invasive Species Council.
Established by Executive Order 13112 in February 1999, the National Invasive Species Council is designed to ensure that federal programs and activities to prevent and control invasive species are coordinated, effective and efficient. The council—which is co-chaired by the Secretaries of the Interior, Agriculture and Commerce—includes the Secretaries and Administrators of 13 federal departments and agencies.
The members of the Invasive Species Advisory Committee are 30 individuals representing a broad range of nonfederal stakeholders including scientific, conservation and agricultural groups; state governments; and industry organizations that are impacted by invasive species. Members may serve a maximum of two consecutive terms, each three years in length.
An invasive species is an alien (or non-native) species whose introduction does—or is likely to—cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health. Only a small proportion of non-native species are invasive. (See www.invasivespecies.gov.)
The members of the eighth convening Invasive Species Advisory Committee are:
Charles Bargeron (New)
University of Georgia
Joseph Bischoff, Ph.D. (New)
American Nursery and Landscape Association
Jerry Cook, Ph.D. (New)
Sam Houston State University
Phillip Cowan (New)
Landcare Research NZ
Tammy Davis (New)
Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Joseph DiTomaso, Ph.D.
University of California, Davis
Otto Doering, III, Ph.D.
California Department of Fish and Game
James Furnish (New)
Restoration Ecology Consultant
Katherine Howe, Ph.D. (New)
Midwest Invasive Plant Network
William Hyatt (New)
Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection
Phyllis Johnson, Ph.D. (Reappointed)
University of North Dakota
Eric Lane (Reappointed)
Colorado Department of Agriculture
Janis McFarland, Ph.D. (New)
Syngenta Crop Protection, LLC.
N. Marshall Meyers, Esq.
Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council
Edward L. Mills, Ph.D.
Carol L. Okada (New)
Hawaii Department of Agriculture
Roland Quitigua (New)
University of Guam
David Reid, Ph.D. (New)
Invasive Species Consultant
Timothy Schaeffer, Ph.D., J.D. (New)
Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission
David E. Starling, D.V.M.
Aqueterinary Services, P.C.
Nathan Stone, Ph.D.
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
John Peter Thompson
Maryland Nursery and Landscape Association
The Nature Conservancy
Robert Van Steenwick, Ph.D.
University of California, Berkeley
Damon E. Waitt, Ph.D.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
University of Texas at Austin
Robert H. Wiltshire
Invasive Species Action Network (Representing the Federation of Fly Fishers)