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 Extend Public Comment Period by 30 Days on Draft Restoration Plan for Hayden Mine Complex Sites, Pinal County, Arizona
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This reach of the lower San Pedro River in Pinal County, Arizona, near the confluence with Aravaipa Creek, shown here in June 2008, is one of the proposed focus areas for natural resource restoration actions in the preferred alternative in the Draft Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment now available for public review and comment. Photo credit: Carrie Marr, FWS.
On March 9, 2012 the State of Arizona and the Department of the Interior, acting through Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, extended the open public comment period by 30 days for the “Draft Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment for the Hazardous Substance Releases from the Hayden Smelter and Ray Mine Facilities.” The open public comment period will now be 60 days.
The original Public Comment Period Notice for this document and associated background information appeared as a “News” item here on February 8, 2012.
The new deadline for submitting written comments on the Draft Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment is Monday, April 9, 2012.