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?
One of the smallest lizards on St. John is the Dwarf Gecko. This tiny, inch-long reptile is native to the island, while many of the other geckos arrived on sailing ships in the 17th century. Dwarf Geckos feed on insects in the forest during the day, while most other geckos are nocturnal feeders.