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 Next Step in Restoration Efforts in the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
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Oiled brown pelican rescued from the Gulf of Mexico. Photo credit: FWS.
The Department of the Interior and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have announced plans to develop a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) in cooperation with state co-trustees as part of the ongoing Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration (NRDAR) for the BP Deepwater Horizon Spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The first step of the process will be to conduct restoration project scoping which includes input from the public. Public scoping meetings will be held in each of the affected Gulf Coast states.
The public scoping process will identify concerns of the affected public and federal agencies, states, and Indian tribes, involve the public early in the decision making process, and define the issues and alternatives that will be examined in detail in the draft PEIS. The public will also be able to comment on the draft document once completed. Public comments for preliminary scoping of restoration options must be received by May 18, 2011.