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.
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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 Interior Department is expanding the tools in the conservation "toolbox" available to private land owners and federal land managers to enhance and achieve conservation. These tools include grant programs that emphasizes local input and cooperative decision making in accomplishing natural resource goals.
Nearly $2.4 billion in grants went to States, private landowners, hunting and fishing groups, and other conservation groups to preserve open space, restore habitat and conserve species from 2001 through 2006. Since 2001, 16 million acres of habitat have been restored, protected, or enhanced using matching funds to establish or enhance habitat benefiting waterfowl and many other wildlife species. In FY 2007, the Department's budget proposes $322.3 million in cooperative conservation programs.
In addition to grants, we are also expanding the use of cooperative conservation tools such as conservation banking, stewardship contracting, enhanced use of Safe Harbor agreements under the Endangered Species Act, and use of consensus-based management for public lands
Through cooperative conservation, we can achieve healthy lands, thriving communities and dynamic economies.
Examples of cooperative conservation at work
Dozens of farmers initiated a project to reclaim 100 miles of streams and riparian areas along Buffalo Creek in Pennsylvania. These farmers engage in conservation as willing partners and participants, not as coerced parties responding to Washington mandates.
Maine's Ducktrap River is being restored by over two-dozen federal, state, local and private partners. The project corrected a substantial threat to cold-water fisheries habitat in a manner that allows natural processes and maintains habitat values.
The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance provides access to all Federal programs available to State and local governments (including the District of Columbia); federally-recognized Indian tribal governments; Territories (and possessions) of the United States; domestic, public, quasi-public, and private profit and nonprofit organizations and institutions; specialized groups; and individuals.
Grants.Gov allows organizations to electronically find and apply for Federal grants. Grants.gov is the single access point for over 1000 grant programs offered by all Federal grant-making agencies.
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The goal of the Cooperative Conservation Initiative is to empower federal land managers to form partnerships within local communities to better care for the land and its wildlife. By promoting these partnerships, we not only leverage federal conservation dollars with private funds but also tap into the ingenuity and local knowledge of the people who live and work on the land.