Landscape maintenance is always a challenge in the National Parks. Due to budget cuts and limited resources, it’s resulted into a backlog of maintenance work. Harsh weather conditions has been a big factor in hurting the park’s natural and cultural resources. The Historic Preservation Training Center (HPTC)'s primary duty and mission is safe preservation and maintenance of the national parks. Our goal is to assist in helping the parks with the maintenance backlog. In early 2018, we were asked to assist in re-stabilizing an 18th century Danish Well located on the west side of Sugar Bay on the property of Salt River Bay National Historic Park & Ecological Preserve. Due to multiple storms over the past decade Hurricane Maria (2017), Hurricane Omar (2008) and overgrown vegetation, the condition of the Historic Danish Well Tower became unstable. It became a project that would take several months with planning and project related tasks. According to the Salt River Bay’s condition report,
"The tower was likely a water pumping mill used to funnel water through a channel for historic agriculture such like sugar cane. This tower is located on lands that were in cultivation as part of Estate Morningstar, 1750. The tower is constructed of stone masonry and coral block. It is approximately 16 feet in diameter and estimated to be over 40 feet high. The base of the tower has two arched entrances and the interior is open to the sky. This structure is one of only a handful of surviving well towers in the Virgin Islands and is a significant resource for St. Croix."