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 Passport and Visa staff is responsible for issuing passports and visas to DOI employees (except BOR and USGS) traveling on official business for the Department of the Interior. Additionally, the staff maintains and stores passports/visas until they are needed. As necessary, the staff communicates with the various embassies and the State Department to ensure the employee has all the necessary documents to successfully complete their travel.
In order to have adequate lead-time for processing passports, we require information 4 - 6 weeks prior to when the passport is needed. The required form (see below) along with two pictures must accompany the application.
In regards to visas, they vary by embassy but most can be processed within two weeks (although visas for Russia take at least a month). We require a signed copy of the DI-1175 when requesting a visa. You may access the form via this website:
The safekeeping memo (see link below) should only be used by those employees that travel frequently – especially to Canada and Mexico. Employees should return their passport to the passport office within two weeks of completing their travel.