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.
Negotiation teams function on the basis of consensus. Teams utilize the expertise and ideas of team members in order to develop a comprehensive negotiation position for the Department. Team members are expected and encouraged to share their expertise and perspective on technical, factual, and policy matters with the team as it works toward developing a negotiation position. Team members may also be asked, and will be expected to, identify resources to assist the team in its deliberations and analyses. Team members are to serve as the principle resource for development of data, services, or other expertise from their respective agencies. Click here for more information about the negotiation teams.
The role of the Implementation teams is to ensure that a settlement is carried out and implemented in a manner calculated to achieve settlement success while taking into consideration all Department interests implicated in the settlement. Teams utilize the expertise and ideas of team members in order to implement the settlement. Team members are expected and encouraged to share their expertise and perspective on technical, factual and policy matters with team as it works toward final implementation. Team members may also be asked, and will be expected to, identify resources to assist the team implementing the settlement. Team members are to serve as the principle resource for development of data, services or other expertise from their agencies. Click here for more information about the implementation teams.
Assessment Teams are appointed by Working Group on Indian Water Settlements to help it determine whether it is appropriate for the Department to appoint a Federal Negotiation Team upon the request of an Indian tribe. Often, a tribe may be anxious for the appointment of a Negotiation Team, the situation is not ripe and fielding a team in support of negotiations would be premature. Appointment of a Federal Assessment Team helps the United States better understand the nature and extent of a tribe’s water rights claims, the position and interests of the various parties, and can help make the transition to a Federal Negotiation Team more fluid. Team members are expected to utilize their expertise and ideas on technical, factual, and policy matters in assessing whether a Federal Negotiation Team should be appointed. Team members are to serve as the principle resource for development of data, services, or other expertise from their agencies. Click here for more information about the assessment teams.