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.
DOINews: Trustees settle with Atlantic Richfield Company at the Coeur d'Alene Basin Site, Idaho
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Local wildlife and migratory birds benfit from a NRDAR Turstee project, led by FWS in the lower Coeur d'Alene Basin.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, Coeur d'Alene Tribe, and the State of Idaho have settled for $1,687,500 in damages for injury to natural resources. The injuries to natural resources resulted from the release of contaminants at Operable Unit 3 (Coeur d'Alene Basin) of the Bunker Hill Mining and Metallurgical Complex Superfund Site in northern Idaho. The settlement funds will be used by the natural resource trustees for restoration of the injured natural resources. The Consent Decree with the Atlantic Richfield Company was entered into the Court and signed on January 13, 2011.