February 6, 2015
Contact: jayne Schaeffer
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".