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.
From: E. Melodee Stith, Director, Office for Equal Opportunity
Subject: Policy for Expanded ADR in Formal Complaints Processing
This Directive is provided to ensure that all complaints are given consideration for Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). Departmental policy and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) regulations emphasize the importance of utilizing ADR at all levels to reach accords in employment disputes involving allegations of discrimination. Each Bureau is required to have internal procedures applying ADR at any stage of the process.
In a letter to the Secretary Gale Norton, dated May 7, 2002, Chair Cari Dominguez, among other things, brought to our attention the length of time it takes the Department to achieve resolution of formal complaints. Chair Dominguez asked that we give our attention to the settlement rate of formal complaints.
We have reviewed our complaint data on settlements of formal complaints and determined that approximately 83 percent of the formal complaints resolved are those complaints that are subject to the pre-settlement conference prior to a hearing. This suggests that complaints that are not at the hearing stage get little attention for resolution. For this reason, I am asking you to ensure that every complaint has an opportunity for resolution. You may do this by offering ADR to the parties involved prior to the issuance of the final agency decision. Further, ADR should be offered particularly when ADR was not pursued in the informal process.
You will find that ADR at the formal stage of processing is an essential collaboration tool that facilitates the resolution of complaints while curtailing expenditures of time, money, and human capital. Your expanded application of ADR methodologies will be critical.
You are urged to make the policy for the expanded use of ADR known to all EEO Counselors, managers, and employees. The Department's policy requiring the mandatory participation of management when an employee desires ADR is applicable to this Directive.
We will continue to monitor the processing of complaints and particularly the resolution of complaints through the Monthly Status Reports and data submitted on the EEOC 462 Report. We are available to assist you, upon request, when necessary.