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.
The Resource Protection, Preparedness, Response and Recovery Team and the Regional Offices work with multiple federal, state and local agencies and other organizations to improve preparedness, protection and recovery of Interior’s lands and resources, and the Nation’s natural and cultural resource and historic property interests for both emergency and longterm responses.
Environmental Preparedness, Response and Recovery
Safeguard both Interior’s and the Nation’s natural and cultural resources and historic properties during disasters and emergencies. OEPC leads DOI's environmental preparedness and response processes to be more efficient and effective through inter-bureau/interagency collaboration. Two principal responsibilities are to serve as the:
Departmental lead for preparedness and response to oil spills and hazardous substances releases under CERCLA, the Oil Pollution Act, and the Clean Water Act, and Emergency Support Function (ESF) #10 of the National Response Framework.
Federal government’s lead for the protection of natural and cultural resources and historic properties (NCH) nationwide, under ESF #11 of the National Response Framework (NRF).
Federal government’s lead for the recovery of natural and cultural resources nationwide, under the Natural and Cultural Resources Recovery Support Function (NCR RSF) of the National Disaster Recovery Framework.
Natural Resources Trust
The Team works with OEPC Regional Environmental Officers (REOs) to coordinate environmental response with natural resource restoration. Resolution of contamination and hazardous waste problems is best achieved when response and restoration actions are effectively coordinated. OEPC facilitates such coordination by providing response agencies with a single point of access to the full range of resources and expertise within DOI, coordinating DOI response activities when more than one bureau is involved, and resolving potential problems to expedite environmental response and restoration actions, to uphold key environmental statutes, including CERCLA & Oil Pollution Act, and the Clean Water Act.
The Team establishes and provides interagency policy and guidance when multiple Federal agencies are involved in remedial response actions affecting DOI resources. The Team and the REOs work towards early, upfront resolution of interagency issues so that subsequent, multiple case-specific remedial response actions can be taken more quickly and effectively at a reduced cost. The two lines of effort are:
Responses on non DOI-managed lands affecting DOI resources; and,
NonDOI responses on DOI-managed lands.
The RPPRR Team provides principal support for OEPC's continuity of operations, budget formulation, and financial management execution. The Team supports the establishment, tracking and analysis of performance measures, workload measures and other metrics needed for documenting the office's programs and performance supporting DOI's Strategic Plan.