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Interior Gives $2.5 Million to Virgin Islands Sportsmen and to Support Conservation

The U.S. Department of the Interior announced $2,501,621 in funding to the U.S. Virgin Islands to support critical state conservation and outdoor recreation projects.

Maho Beach Parking Lot to Close for Two Months to Protect Bay

The park will be upgrading the parking area at Maho Bay in an effort to reduce runoff and sedimentation into the bay as well as to provide more efficient and safe parking and pedestrian traffic.
Honeymoon and Hawksnest beaches at Virgin Islands National Park, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. (National Park Service photo)

All of Virgin Islands National Park Is Now Open

Virgin Islands National Park declared on Dec. 20 that all roads, trails and beaches are now open at the park, 105 days after Hurricane Irma ravaged the island of St. John.
More wrecked boats, these at Coral Bay.

NPS Seeking Displaced Vessel Owners of Numerous Hurricane-Damaged Vessels

The National Park Service is working in coordination with the U.S. Coast Guard and FEMA to address damaged vessels that have been displaced due to recent hurricane activity.

Conditions Necessitate Continued Temporary Closures of Caribbean Parks

Some Caribbean park units fared better than others based on location and type of infrastructure, but all units are closed now for various reasons.

Daily Updates Now Online for Hurricane Recovery of the National Parks of the Caribbean

Interested parties wanting to view the daily updates are encouraged to use the National Park Service (NPS) Severe Weather Response website.

NPS Updates Damage to Christiansted NHS, Buck Island Reef, Salt River Bay

Many of the Virgin Islands national parks sustained damage from Hurricane Maria, mainly in the form of downed trees, loss of power, structural building damage, shoreline erosion and storm-washed debris.

PR and USVI National Parks to Remain Closed Friday for Now

Under the authority granted the NPS and the superintendent, the public use limits and the closures will remain in effect for the foreseeable future.

DPNR Gives Hurricane Preparation Guidelines for Boaters in the U.S.V.I.

All boaters should begin to make necessary preparations for Hurricane Maria. Boaters desiring to take the initiative are advised to relocate to the havens mentioned below.

14th Annual Beach-to-Beach Power Swim Set for May 28

This year’s event will be the largest ever, with 350 competitors. Hosted by Friends of V.I. National Park, it will raise money for preservation, conservation and education programs.

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