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.
Federal Subsistence Board Work Session (1/14/14) and Retreat (1/15/14)
The Federal Subsistence Board will be meeting on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 to consider Fisheries Resource Monitoring Program proposals across Alaska as well as to get updates on several issues that the Regional Advisory Councils have been working on. On Wednesday, January 15 the Board is having a retreat.
For the Tuesday Work Session, the teleconference number is 888-455-5897 with a participant passcode of 3344290.
These meetings will be at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Regional Office at 1011 E. Tudor Road in Anchorage, most of which will be open to the public. The Board has one issue that it needs to address during an executive session at the end of the day on Wednesday.
For additional information contact Tom Kron at the Office of Subsistence Management at (800) 478-1456 or (907) 786-3604.