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 Agreement to Cooperate on Natural Resource Damage Assessment Activities at Port Angeles Harbor, Clallam County, Washington
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Hazardous substances releases in Port Angeles Harbor, offshore of Port Angeles, Clallam County, Washington -- as seen in this photo from the Strait of Juan de Fuca -- is the focus of the trustees’ natural resource damage assessment activities. Photo credit: Connie Graven, Washington Department of Ecology.
On April 11, 2012 the federal, State and tribal natural resource trustees announced a Memorandum of Agreement to cooperate on natural resource damage assessment activities associated with hazardous substances releases in Port Angeles Harbor, Clallam County, Washington. The participating natural resource trustees include Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe, Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe, State of Washington, represented by Department of Ecology, U.S. Department of Commerce, represented by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and U.S. Department of the Interior, represented by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Port Angeles Harbor is a natural, deep-water harbor, sheltered by Ediz Hook, a 3-mile long sand spit that extends from the shore into the Strait Juan de Fuca on the western side of the Harbor. The Harbor is deep enough to accommodate most ocean-going ships and is considered typical of urban, industrial waterfronts in the greater Puget Sound area.
Historically, the Harbor was used primarily for mill and wood pulp operations. From 1930 to 1977, lumber milling operations at the former Rayonier Mill released hazardous substances that continue to impact natural resources and natural resource services in the Harbor and surrounding areas. Elevated concentrations of petroleum hydrocarbons, PCBs, lead, arsenic, dioxins and furans have been detected.
The Memorandum of Agreement establishes a process for the natural resource trustees to coordinate, cooperate and facilitate natural resource damage assessment activities at Port Angeles Harbor, including: assessing of damages for natural resource injuries; planning, implementing and monitoring of natural resource restoration; resolving natural resource damage claims; and, efficiently managing natural resource damages recoveries.
For a copy of the Memorandum of Agreement, contact Debbie Nelson at Washington Department of Ecology’s Southwest Region Central Records at (360) 470-6365 or firstname.lastname@example.org.