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 Settle Natural Resource Damage Claims at Bunker Hill Superfund Site in Idaho
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Tundra swans, a federally-protected migratory bird adversely affected by hazardous substances at the Bunker Hill Superfund site, over-wintering in the lower Coeur d’Alene Basin, Idaho. Photo credit: FWS.
On January 19, 2012 the United States and the Coeur d’Alene Tribe settled claims for response costs and natural resource damages against 7 mining companies liable for the release, or threatened release, of hazardous substances at Operable Unit 3, also known as the Coeur d’Alene Basin, at the Bunker Hill Mining and Metallurgical Complex Superfund site in northern Idaho. The Consent Decree was entered by the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho.
The settling companies will pay damages of $59,625 plus an apportioned amount of future proceeds from ore smelting operations for injuries to natural resources caused by hazardous substances in the Coeur d’Alene Basin. The natural resource trustees involved this case includes Department of the Interior (DOI), U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Coeur d’Alene Tribe. Four DOI bureaus -- the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Bureau of Reclamation, the Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service -- are participating in this case.