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.
The Regional Advisory Councils provide advice and recommendations to the Federal Subsistence Board about subsistence hunting, trapping, and fishing issues on Federal public lands. Membership on the Councils is one way for the public to become involved in the Federal regulatory process. Each Council has either 10 or 13 members.
Regional Advisory Council members are appointed by the Secretaries of the Interior and of Agriculture, usually to three-year terms. The Councils meet at least twice a year, in Sep/Oct and Feb/Mar. While Council members are not paid for their volunteer service, their transportation and lodging are pre-paid and per diem is provided for food and other expenses under Federal travel guidelines.
Review and make recommendations to the Federal Subsistence Board on proposals for regulations, policies, management plans, and other subsistence-related issues on Federal public lands within the region;
Develop proposals for the subsistence harvest of fish and wildlife; review proposals others submit;
Encourage and promote local participation in the decision-making process affecting subsistence harvests on Federal public lands;
Make recommendations on customary and traditional use determinations of subsistence resources; and,
Appoint members to National Park Subsistence Resource Commissions;
Provide open forum for public expression of opinions regarding any matter related to subsistence.
RESIDENT of the region member represents
RESOURCE KNOWLEDGE – Knowledge of the region's fish and wildlife resources
SUBSISTENCE USES – Knowledge of the region's subsistence uses, customs, and traditions
OTHER USES – Knowledge of the region's sport, commercial, and other uses
LEADERSHIP SKILLS – Leadership and experience with local regional organizations
COMMUNICATION SKILLS – Ability to communicate effectively
AVAILABILITY – Willingness to travel to attend two or more Council meetings each year (usually in October and February) and occasionally attend Federal Subsistence Board meetings.
Regional Council Member Appointment Process Overview
August 2014 - January 2015
Application period open for Regional Advisory Councils.
February - April 2015
Interagency Regional Nominations Panels conduct interviews and meet to rate and rank applicants.
Federal Subsistence Board reviews panel reports and develops recommendations.
September - December 2015
Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture review recommendations and appoint members to the Regional Advisory Councils. Appointments are typically made by December 2 each year.