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St. John Rescue and Friends of V.I. National Park Offer Free Red Cross Lifeguarding Course

Candidates must be at least 15 years old on or before the final scheduled session of the course. They must be able to swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing.

Friends of VINP Kicks Off Season with Full Lineup of Events, Seminars and Hikes

With some 275 events, seminars, boat trips and hikes already on the 2022/23 schedule, Friends of Virgin Islands National Park is looking forward to engaging community and visitors with the park. 

Friends of Virgin Islands National Park Awards Seven University Scholarships

The $5,000 awards fall under the auspices of the Friends of the VI National Park's two scholarship programs: the Noble Samuel Scholarship and the Jeffery Matheny Scholarship. 

Nicole F. Angeli Receives Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies’ Mark J. Reeff Memorial Award

Commissioner Jean-Pierre L. Oriol of the Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) congratulates Director Nicole F. Angeli, Ph.D., of the Division of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) on her receiving the Mark J. Reeff Memorial Award at the 112th Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies that was held from Sept. 18-21. in Fort Worth, Texas.

V.I. National Park Conducts Wildland Fire Risk Assessment

A five-person crew of National Park Service wildland fire professionals from South Florida is in the National Park for the rest of this week conducting a Wildland Fire Risk Assessment around every structure in the park.

Virgin Islands National Park Closes Due to TS Fiona

Park managers will monitor weather conditions and assess park facilities to determine opening status for Sept. 18

Roach Out of Territory to Meet With National Park Service Regarding St. John Taxpayers

Lt. Gov. Tregenza A. Roach is out of the territory to attend meetings with the director of the National Park Service to address long-standing issues regarding the Virgin Islands National Park Service (VINPS) and hardships facing St. John landowners and residents. 

Friends of V.I. National Park Accepting Scholarship Applications

Friends of Virgin Islands National Park invites university-level students to apply for the Noble Samuel and Jeffrey Matheny scholarships for the 2022-23 school year. The deadline for applications is Monday, July 11.

NPS Offers Concession Business Opportunities at Buck Island Reef National Monument

PROSPECTUS: A concession business opportunity to provide interpretive scheduled tour boat services with guided snorkeling and other services at Buck Island Reef National Monument.

Coral World Ocean and Reef Initiative Works With NPS to Restore Corals

      Coral World Ocean and Reef initiative Inc. (CWORI) was established in 2019 as an independent organization to advance and expand the conservation work being carried out by Coral World Ocean Park. 

Friends of VINP to Host Virtual Annual Gala on Saturday

The Friends of Virgin Islands National Park will host their annual gala from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 5, with park trivia, multiple opportunities to win prizes, and an online auction.

National Park Service Awards $3M for Coral, Vegetation, Shoreline Restoration

NPS has announced the award of seven cooperative agreements totaling $3.28 million to address the impacts of hurricanes Irma and Maria on coral reefs, mangroves and shorelines at four park sites in V.I.

National Park Service Releases Caneel Bay Contaminant Study Results

The final EE/CA report revealed the presence of a variety of contaminants, including pesticides and metals, at concentrations that pose unacceptable long-term risks to human health and the environment.

Angelita Alvino to Lead National Parks on St. Croix

Angelita “Angie” Alvino has been chosen as the new superintendent for Christiansted National Historic Site, Buck Island Reef National Monument and the Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve

Commentary: USVI Needs Leadership to Preserve Our Natural Places  

This article is as relevant today as when I wrote it a few years ago, stressing how important it is to establish open green spaces in the Virgin Islands if we want to grow a healthy economy.

Unmanned Aircraft Systems Being Used to Map Coral Reefs Around Buck Island

Data will be collected using small Unmanned Aircraft Systems, commonly referred to as drones. The collected data will contribute to several research projects.

Plaskett Applauds NPS Progress on Caneel Bay Environmental Assessments

Delegate to Congress Stacey E. Plaskett released the following statement regarding the next phase of environmental assessments at Caneel Bay being conducted by the National Park Service.

NPS Continues Next Phase of Environmental Site Assessments at Caneel Bay Resort

The assessment will identify the nature and extent of possible environmental contamination on the property, which is an important next step in determining the future of the resort.

Governor, Congresswoman Team with NPS to Increase Safety of Visitors on Buck Island

Governor Albert Bryan Jr. and Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett are working with the National Park Service to make available additional resources to ensure the safety of visitors to the Buck Island Reef National Monument in light of recent incidents on the island located just off St. Croix.

Park Service Makes Statement on January 10th Incident at Buck Island

The National Park Service makes a statement about Buck Island Reef National Monument incident when rangers responded to a brawl and gunfire.
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