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.
Secretary Salazar Participates in MLK Day of Service
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Director of the National Park Service Jon Jarvis addresses Volunteers. Tami A Heilemann - DOI
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar addresses volunteers for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. Tami A Heilemann - DOI
Secretary Salazar raking leaves near the DC War Memorial. Tami A Heilemann - DOI
Secretary Salazar helping to bag up leaves near the DC War Memorial Tami A Heilemann - DOI
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Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Director of the National Park Service joined volunteers from Greater DC Cares and Howard University students to clean up around the DC War Memorial in celebration of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service and honor Dr. King's life and legacy. This year, the King Day of Service included thousands of projects across all 50 states – from delivering meals and refurbishing schools to reading to children, promoting nonviolence and more.