Buck Island Reef National Monument


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Name Type1 Location Year authorized Size
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Acadia NP SE Maine 1919 48,419 (19,603) Mountain and coast scenery.
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Buck Island Reef National Monument:

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National Parks
Name Type1 Location Year authorized Size
acres (hectares)
Description
Acadia NP SE Maine 1919 48,419 (19,603) Mountain and coast scenery.
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Buck Island Reef National Monument

Address:2100 Church St #100
Christiansted
Saint Croix, VI 00820

Phone:340-773-1460
Fax:340-773-5995
Web: www.nps.gov/buis/
Size: 19,015 acres.
Established: Proclaimed on December 28, 1961.
Location:1.5 miles northeast of the Island of Saint Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Facilities:Beaches, picnic area, bathhouse, self-guided trails. A visitor center is located in Fort Christiansvaern in dowtown Christiansted.
Activities:Hiking, swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, boating, boat tours, fishing, wildlife viewing.
Special Features:The park features the finest marine garden in the Caribbean, as well as having coral grottoes, sea fans, gorgonias, and tropical fishes. The island, which has a nature trail and beaches, is a rookery for frigate birds and brown pelicans and is a nesting area for sea turtles.

See other parks in Virgin Islands.
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Branching corals dominated the shallow areas of most Caribbean reefs until the early to mid-1980s when white band disease decimated populations in Virgin Islands National Park and Buck Island Reef National Monument. Twenty years later, their numbers are still recovering.
In 2002, volunteers kept tabs on condor nesting sires along the rim of the Grand Canyon and monitored sea turtle nests at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Padre Island National So-ashore in Texas, and Buck Island Reef National Monument in the Virgin Islands.
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