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.
DOINews: Notice of Lodging of Consent Decree for the Lower Fox River and Green Bay PCB Site for Response and Natural Resource Damages 30 Day Public Comment Period
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Dredge operating on the Fox River to remove sediment contaminated with PCBs form decades of carbonless paper manufacturing. Photo courtesy of Wisconsin DNR.
The proposed Consent Decree, if approved by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin after the public comment period, would resolve Brown County's, the City of Green Bay's and the U.S. Governments potential liability for response costs, response actions, and natural resource damages associated with the Lower Fox River and Green Bay PCB site. Under the proposed consent decree, Brown County, Green Bay, and the United States would pay a total of $5.2 million for use in financing future cleanup and natural resource restoration work at the Site. http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/pdf/2010-30572.pdf