Mercury's surface in "enhanced color," a color scheme created to emphasize color differences. This is not what Mercury would look like to the human eye, but by applying mathematical analysis to images, color differences can be accentuated beyond those visible to a person.
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.
DOINews: Announcement and Call for Nominations 2013 Secretary's Partnerships in Conservation Awards
Office of the Secretary
The Department of the Interior's (DOI) Office of Youth, Partnerships and Service (YPS) is excited to announce the call for nominations for the Secretary's 2013 Partners in Conservation (PIC) Awards. The 2013 PIC Awards will recognize exemplary collaborations between DOI, our Bureaus and organizations across the country that take innovative approaches towards conservation of America's public lands and resources. This page provides general information on eligibility, award criteria, how to submit nominations for the awards, and who to contact to obtain a nomination form and answer your questions regarding the nomination and award process.
Partnerships with substantial performance in Fiscal Year 2013 (October 1, 2012 through September 30, 2013) and ongoing are eligible for the 2013 PIC Awards. Eligible partnerships include those between and/or among DOI Bureaus, as well as partnerships with outside entities, including Federal, State, local, and tribal governments, private for-profit and nonprofit institutions, and other non-governmental organizations and individuals.
The 2013 PIC Awards will recognize partnerships that: (1) advance DOI strategic goals; (2) exemplify innovation or best practices for collaborative partnerships; (3) build capacity for current and future partnerships as well as conservation sustainability; (4) advance Departmental and Bureau/Director policies, priorities and special initiatives including engaging youth and veterans, underserved communities and diverse populations, or advance these policies on public lands, tribal lands and in urban areas; (5) has national significance and/or interest; and (6) impact management of natural resources, the local community, and the public in general.
Call for Nominations Period:
The Call for Nominations will be open from June 15th, 2013 through August 2nd, 2013. Each DOI Bureau will review the submitted entries and select up to five (5) nominated partnerships to submit to DOI for final consideration for award by COB September 13, 2013.
How to Nominate a Partnership:
To nominate a partnership, simply contact your Bureau PIC Representative (contact information is provided below) to request a Call for Nomination Form. Bureau Nominator(s) and their partner organization representatives are encouraged to collaborate on preparing the Nomination Form and optional Supporting Materials, which must be completed and submitted electronically in PDF format to your Bureau PIC Representative by COB August 2nd, 2013. Detailed submittal instructions are provided in the Call for Nomination Form.
Who to Contact with Further Questions:
For assistance obtaining a Call for Nominations Form and completing your submittal package, please contact your Bureau PIC Representative. Should you need additional support or if you have general questions regarding the awards and selection process, please contact Paul Batlan, Partnerships Coordinator for the DOI Office of Youth, Partnerships, and Service at 202-208-4826 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your support, and we look forward to hearing about and showcasing your outstanding conservation partnerships!