Virgin Islands National Park


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Acadia NP SE Maine 1919 48,419 (19,603) Mountain and coast scenery.
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Virgin Islands National Park,

14,689 acres (5,949 hectares), St. John, Virgin Islands; est. 1956. The park, with beaches, coves, and headlands, is rich in tropical-plant, animal, and marine life. Bordeaux Mt., 1,277 ft (389 m) high, is the highest point on the island. Remains of prehistoric settlements and of Danish colonial sugar plantations are in the park. See National Parks and MonumentsNational Parks and Monuments

National Parks
Name Type1 Location Year authorized Size
acres (hectares)
Description
Acadia NP SE Maine 1919 48,419 (19,603) Mountain and coast scenery.
..... Click the link for more information.
, table.

Virgin Islands National Park

Address:1300 Cruz Bay Creek
Saint John, VI 00830

Phone:340-776-6201
Fax:340-775-9592
Web: www.nps.gov/viis/
Size: 14,686 acres.
Established: Authorized on August 2, 1956. Designated a Biosphere Reserve in 1976. The need to protect reefs from further degradation led to a Presidential Proclamation establishing the Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument (see separate entry) in January 1999.
Location:Park encompasses about three-fifths of the island of Saint John and nearly all of Hassel Island in Charlotte Amalie harbor on St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands. Visitor center is located in Cruz Bay at the western edge of Saint John. Ferry service to Saint John is available from both Red Hook and Charlotte Amalie, Saint Thomas.
Facilities:Campground, picnic area, rest rooms (é), cabin rental, groceries, restaurant/snacks, boat and snorkeling equipment rental, bathhouse, visitor center (é), museum/exhibit, self-guided tour/trail.
Activities:Camping, hiking, swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, boating, fishing, guided tours.
Special Features:Park includes coral reefs, quiet coves, blue-green waters, and white sandy beaches fringed by green hills. Here, too, are early Indian sites and the remains of Danish colonial sugar plantations.

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“It is gratifying to be able to contribute to the Friends of Virgin Islands National Park's important conservation efforts with the continuation of the Eco Serendib Beach Restoration Project,” explained Harith Wickrema, Eco Serendib's chief visionary officer.
The Friends of Virgin Islands National Park contributed a crew of sawyers to help with the trails, and carpenters, electricians, and a host of other skilled responders repaired employee housing and other facilities.
"Virgin Islands National Park is an important part of the community.
Park biologists launched a major effort in 2002 to reduce the rat, cat, and mongoose numbers in Virgin Islands National Park. Park staff and Humane Society volunteers caught some feral cats for adoption and set up feeding stations outside the park to help keep others out.
The Virgin Islands National Park has taken other steps to protect its natural resources, Superintendent King says.
Dive teams removed underwater debris from swimming areas, however visitors are encouraged to use caution when swimming in all areas of Virgin Islands National Park.
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"This was a pitifully poor park until two years ago," says John King, superintendent of Virgin Islands National Park. "Now the budget is such that we can provide minimal services.
This principle is applied routinely at Stanley Selengut's Harmony resort in Virgin Islands National Park. Each unit has an interactive computer program that enables visitors to learn how the resort's environmental features operate.
If not for the Rockefellers, the incredible beauty and biodiversity of Great Smoky Mountains and Virgin Islands national parks would probably have gone unprotected.

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