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.
Trustees Announce Land Acquisition for Restoration in Cherokee County, Kansas
Last edited 2/14/2017
This forested area in Cherokee County, Kansas, is part of the newly acquired acreage which will be managed by Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism for habitat restoration. Photo credit: Gibran Suleiman, FWS.
On February 14, 2012 the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, acting as natural resource trustees, announced the acquisition of 711 acres in Cherokee County, Kansas. The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism will hold title to the land and be responsible for operations and maintenance, subject to a management plan.
This land acquisition is the first restoration project to be implemented under the publicly-reviewed “Cherokee County Restoration Plan/Environmental Assessment.” This Restoration Plan was developed by the State and federal natural resource trustees to restore natural resources injured by lead, cadmium and zinc contamination arising from historic mining and mining-related activities in the Kansas portion of the Tri-State Mining District.