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.
Subject: Message to all employees from Secretary Jewell
My thoughts are with all of you as we enter our second week of this extraordinarily disruptive government shutdown. You are all professionals who are committed to the diverse missions of the Department of the Interior, and our inability to provide services is having a devastating impact on individuals, businesses, the economy and the people who depend on these services across the country.
For our colleagues who are continuing to come to work to protect life and property, I offer my sincere thanks. You are frequently on the front lines and having to deliver difficult messages to the public. I am grateful for your professionalism and continued dedication to public service.
If you are on furlough, I appreciate that you want to do your jobs and the shutdown may set your work back for a long period of time. I am also aware of the impact of this shutdown on partners, concessioners, communities who depend on us for their business, contractors who are unable to provide services, and tribal governments who rely on us to serve their members.
There are no winners in this situation. I am hopeful that Congress acts swiftly to end this shutdown so that we can all get back to the business of serving the American people.