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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.


 
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Plantation Exhibit

NPS Photo Christy McManus

Opening of the Education Center and Archaeology Laboratory and Cinnamon Bay

ST. JOHN, USVI– Virgin Islands National Park together with the Friends of the Park is hosting an official opening of the Educational Center and Archaeology Laboratory at Cinnamon Bay on Wednesday, February 25th. The dedication of the new center will be conducted at 10:00 AM, and the Center will remain open throughout the day until 5:00 p.m. The exhibits at the Center chronicles the known human occupation of the islands from approximately 3,000 years ago to the founding of the park in the 1950s and are based on information gathered from archaeological sites and archaeological finds in the Virgin Islands. The Center focuses on discoveries made within Virgin Islands National Park. Park staff will be available throughout the day to talk about the history of the island of St John.

Visit the News Release page 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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