Natural Resource Protection

Virgin Islands National Park covers 7,561 acres of land and 5,807 acres of submerged lands on St. John and St. Thomas, and Coral Reef National Monument covers an additional 12,708 acres of submerged lands surrounding St. John.  While VI National Park covers more than half of the island of St. John, it is still one of the smallest National Parks.  Our park and monument contain examples of most western tropical Atlantic terrestrial, coastal and marine ecosystems. These include various types of subtropical dry to moist forest, salt ponds, beaches, mangroves, seagrass beds, coral reefs and algal plains. A wide variety of flora and fauna call our park home, and it is the mission of Friends to ensure that these precious natural resources are protected for this, and future generations.  Some of the programs that we support in natural resource protection are:

Accessible Trails:

A new and exciting program area for the Friends has been to assist the Park in making certain trails accessible to those with mobility challenges. In the past few years we have completed two ADA compliant trails in VI National Park.  Depending upon the terrain and elevations, these trails are a combination of poured concrete walkways and elevated boardwalks.
The first trail is at Francis Bay and runs from the Francis Bay road along the salt pond, a great place for bird-viewing, out to the beach. This trail is approximately .2 miles long and has several places to sit and enjoy the natural surroundings.
The second trail is across from the entrance to Cinnamon Bay and winds through the Cinnamon Bay Factory ruins.  This trail is approximately 600 feet long.
As the park strives to serve it's visitors in the best manner possible, Friends will assist them with a park-wide accessibility assessment and trail rating guide. For more information about this, and other programs that are in need of support, please click here.

Adopt a Beach/Trail:

Promote community participation in the park by organizing civic, religious, school and business groups to “adopt” a beach or trail for periodic cleanups.
Adopted Sites Listings
Adopted" Beaches and Trails:
• Connections: Grootpan Bay and Kiddel Bay
• St. John Brewers: Lind Point Trail, Solomon, and Honeymoon
• Concordia Eco Preserve: N Drunk Bay
• Elaine Estern: Frank Bay
• Fish Bay Home Owners: Fish Bay
• Fraser Drummond: Europa Bay
• Friends of VI National Park: S Drunk Bay
• Holiday Homes: Reef Bay
• R&I Patton- S Haulover
• Maho Bay Camps: Big Maho Bay and Francis Bay
• St. John Land Sharks: Hawksnest Beach
• St. John School on Gift Hill: Leinster Bay, Mary Creek, and Brown Bay
• Julius E. Sprauve School- Ms. Mars and Cameron’s class: Cruz Bay
• St. John Rotary: Jumbie Beach
• Pond Bay: Chocolate Hole
• David Rosa (Calabash Boom Project): Johnsons Bay
• June Mays: Denis Bay and Peace Hill Trail
• Coral Bay Community Council : Elk Bay, Calabash Boom Beach
Places in need of adoption
•Underwater Adoption- 2 Dive Companies
• Trunk Bay
• Cinnamon Bay
• Lameshur
• Newfound Bay
• Europa Bay
• Friis Bay
• Manneveck Bay
• Whistling Cay
• East End Bay
• Privateer Bay
• Leduck Island
• Flanagan Island
• Durloe Cays
• Steven Cay
• Hart Bay

Coral Reef Research:

Coral Research St JohnAnnually support research projects that focus on various aspects of coral health on the reefs in VI National Park and the Coral Reef National Monument. Currently coral monitoring and data collection are being supported.  For more information about this program, please click here.

Resource Protection Moorings:

usvi mangroves200 overnight boat moorings were installed in eight park bays to protect sea grasses, mangroves, turtle habitat and coral reefs from damage by boat anchors. In 2004-2005, Friends funded the installation of an additional 75 moorings for day-use, storm refuge, dive sites, and fishing within Coral Reef National Monument. In 2006-2007, Friends funded the installation of 60 storm refuge moorings in Hurricane Hole, and will install an additional 30 storm moorings this coming Spring. In 2011, 5 additional day-use moorings were installed near popular Honeymoon Beach.
Total expenditure to date on this activity has reached nearly $562,000. The park operates a fee collection system that will fund mooring maintenance and installation of additional moorings. These fees, and contributions from our donors, will help fund the next phase of the mooring project in 2012; installation of moorings for boats that are 60 to 100 feet in length.

SCA Trail Crews:

Annual sponsorship of a crew of budding conservationists in partnership with the Student Conservation Association to repair and upgrade priority trails within the Park. We will again build on our experience of fielding a crew of young Virgin Islanders.
If you would like more information, or you would like to become involved in one of these projects, please come by the office or call. We invite members who are particularly interested in one of these projects to consider becoming a special sponsor of the project. Please contact our Development Director for more information, (340) 779-4940 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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