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.
The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Manager, under authority delegated by the Federal Subsistence Board, has established a harvest quota of eight (8) cow moose for Unit 15C on the Kenai Peninsula. The quota is effective for the 2014 Federal subsistence moose season, which runs August 10-September 20, by Federal registration permit only. The season will be closed to the harvest of cow moose once the quota is met. The harvest of spike-fork bull moose or bull moose with 50-inch antlers, or with 3 or more brow tines on either antler, will still be allowed.
The cow moose quota for 2014 represents an estimate of a sustainable harvest level for moose utilizing Federal public lands within Unit 15C, considering moose population status, moose distribution, and overall harvest levels (bulls and cows) and non-hunting related mortality in this unit as a whole. The quota is established to ensure long-term subsistence moose hunting opportunity on Federal public lands, consistent with meeting Refuge purposes, in this unit.
Under Federal subsistence regulations, only residents of Ninilchik, Seldovia, Nanwalek and Port Graham are eligible to hunt cow moose on Federal public lands in Unit 15C. Residents of these communities can obtain permits at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge headquarters in Soldotna (907-262-7021). For additional information, contact Todd Eskelin at (907) 260-2817.