News

Although Virgin Islands National Park is considered a small park, many interesting events occur that all would like to know about. Events may include educational programming, alerting the public to planning documents, etc. Therefore, press releases will be posted on this page in order to keep past visitors, potential visitors, and the community at large aware of Park Service related activities.


 
Virgin Islands National Park

Announces Release of the Prospectus for Commercial Services at Cinnamon Bay and Trunk Bay.

Park Superintendent, Brion FitzGerald, announced on April 7th, 2015, that the National Park Service (NPS) has issued a prospectus for solicitation of offers for a 15-year concession contract to provide Lodging, Camping, Food and Beverage, Retail, Equipment Rental and Other Services at Cinnamon Bay and Trunk Bay areas within Virgin Island National Park.

Here is the full press release.

 
Virgin Islands National Park –Public Notice

NATIONAL PARK SERVICE ANNOUNCES 2015 STORM REFUGE PERMITTING PROCEDURES FOR HURRICANE HOLE ST. JOHN, USVI

Virgin Islands National Park and Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument announce procedures for mariners wishing to register their vessel in Hurricane Hole for the 2015 hurricane season.

View the full Press Release for more information.

 
National Park Service receives donation of Haulover lands from the St John Lands Trust

February 6, 2015

ST JOHN -Virgin Islands National Park is pleased to announce the gift of just over 3.5 acres of land at Haulover on the east end of St John. The property, which includes lands bounded by Haulover Bay on the north shore to Round Bay on the south shore, was donated by the non-profit St John Land Conservancy (SJLC). SJLC was formed by Lauren Mercadante, George Mercadante, Athena Swartley and Raf Muilenberg. Lauren Mercadante is “proud of the work accomplished by the Land Conservancy and the fact that the land will be preserved for future generations to enjoy”. Park Superintendent Brion FitzGerald noted that as the park approaches its 60th year in 2016 this donation, made by a group of local concerned citizens, “is wonderful sign that the spirit of giving, by which this park was originally established is alive and well”.
 

NOAA lists 20 coral species as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

August 27, 2014

NOAA announced today it will afford Endangered Species Act protections to 20 coral species. All 20 species will be listed as threatened, none as endangered. Fifteen of the newly listed species occur in the Indo-Pacific and five in the Virgin Islands. These five include rough cactus coral, Mycetophyllia ferox, pillar coral, Dendrogyra cylindrus, and three species of star corals, Orbicella annularis, Orbicella faveolata, and Orbicella fraksi.

Here is the full press release.

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