Laws & Policies
The National Park Service, an agency within the United States Department of Interior, was established on August 25, 1916 by the National Park Service Organic Act, 16 United States Code. Said purpose is to "conserve the scenery and the natural and historic and the wildlife therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations." Title 16 addresses most of the major conservation laws that govern the National Park Service, including the establishment of individual parks. Specifically, Virgin Islands National Park was established by an act of the 84th United States Congress and signed into law by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on August 2, 1956.
Did You Know?
The Machineel tree, found along the coast, produces crab apple-like fruit that is poisonous. While the fruit is deadly [as Columbus’ men reportedly found out in 1493 when visiting the island], even sap from the Machineel tree can cause an irritating skin rash. The tree is also called Death Apple.