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Friends of Virgin Islands National Park Gives Update on COVID-19

Due to the current and very fluid situation with COVID-19, the Friends of Virgin Islands National Park are working to make sure its staff, volunteers, members, partners, visitors and community members are not put at undue risk.
Honeymoon and Hawksnest beaches at Virgin Islands National Park, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. (National Park Service photo)

Virgin Islands National Park Modifies Operations in Response to COVID-19

Where it is possible to adhere to the latest health guidance, the park will remain open to provide healthy options for the public. Park trails, beaches and waters remain open.

Kimberly Boulon Fine Art Gallery Postpones Its March 13th Event

The Gallery invites the public to see its visual artists, enjoy Queen of Tarts appetizers and wine, and hear the music of Eddie Bruce. It will be an evening of entertainment, engagement and enlightenment. There will also be art raffle prizes!
Honeymoon and Hawksnest beaches at Virgin Islands National Park, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. (National Park Service photo)

Plaskett Applauds Choice of Nigel A. Fields to Be Superintendent of National Park Sites

Congresswoman Stacey E. Plaskett (USVI) released the following statement today on the announcement of Nigel A. Fields appointment as superintendent of the Virgin Islands National Park and Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument, effective Feb. 16, 2020:
Before the 2017 hurricanes, two green sea turtles swim in Turtle Cove off Buck Island, St Thomas. (Photo by Paul Jobsis)

Park Service Seeking a Buck Island Sea Turtle Research Intern

St. Croix's Buck Island Reef National Monument is seeking applicants for the position of Sea Turtle Research Assistant (intern) to conduct sea turtle research and monitoring, the National Park Service announced in a press release.

Cinnamon Bay Campground Redevelopment Pauses to Remove Small Amount of Asbestos Piping

The affected area remains cordoned off by fencing, and there is no immediate threat or concern for beachgoers or trail crew volunteers at Cinnamon Bay who remain outside of the designated work area.

Francis Bay Boardwalk, Observation Deck Now Finished

The Friends thanks Bigrigg Cranford Construction Company for donating much of the construction labor. This project was funded by the hundreds of individuals who donated to help restore the park after hurricanes Irma and Maria.
The beach at Maho Bay. Officials warned beachgoers to leave their valuables at home rather than in their car or at the beach.

New Maho Bay Pavilions Completed

With the significant loss of vegetation and tree cover, there has been almost no shade available for beach-goers. NPS’s guiding principles for this project called for structures that would be light on the environment and accommodate high seas.

New Owners to Rebuild Cinnamon Bay Campground, Trunk Bay Concession

St. John’s Cinnamon Bay campground will be rebuilt in an effort to boost the local economy and restore jobs.
Honeymoon and Hawksnest beaches at Virgin Islands National Park, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. (National Park Service photo)

NPS Regional Director Bob Vogel Visits V.I. Parks

Noting the shared geography and other common factors uniting Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands Park units on St. John and St. Croix, Vogel stressed the need for park-specific leadership on each of the three islands.

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