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Unmanned Aircraft Systems Being Used to Map Coral Reefs Around Buck Island

Data will be collected using small Unmanned Aircraft Systems, commonly referred to as drones. The collected data will contribute to several research projects.

Construction, Repairing of Wharf Bulkhead Begins at Christiansted National Historic Site

On March 1, contractors began the repair and replacement of the wharf bulkhead located between King Christian Hotel and Fort Christiansvaern.

Plaskett Applauds NPS Progress on Caneel Bay Environmental Assessments

Delegate to Congress Stacey E. Plaskett released the following statement regarding the next phase of environmental assessments at Caneel Bay being conducted by the National Park Service.

Governor, Congresswoman Team with NPS to Increase Safety of Visitors on Buck Island

Governor Albert Bryan Jr. and Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett are working with the National Park Service to make available additional resources to ensure the safety of visitors to the Buck Island Reef National Monument in light of recent incidents on the island located just off St. Croix.

Park Service Makes Statement on January 10th Incident at Buck Island

The National Park Service makes a statement about Buck Island Reef National Monument incident when rangers responded to a brawl and gunfire.

Park Service Administrative Site at Red Hook to Re-open for Day Use January 4

In 2021, the park will continue with hurricane Irma and Maria recovery efforts throughout the park on St. John as well as at Red Hook, St. Thomas.

Virgin Islands National Park Cruz Bay Visitor Center to Reopen

Beginning on Friday, Oct. 23, Virgin Islands National Park will reopen access to the Cruz Bay Visitor Center.

DPNR Gives Storm Preparation Guidelines for Boaters in USVI

All boaters should begin to make necessary preparations as the remainder of the 2020 Hurricane Season begins to intensify. In the event of a tropical system, boaters are advised to plan or relocate to the following havens.

Fort Christianvaern’s Parking Lot Reopens

Beginning Tuesday, Aug. 4, the Fort Christiansvaern parking lot in Christiansted will reopen to the public under a temporarily modified schedule.

Buck Island Reef National Monument Anchoring Reopens

The public will once again be allowed to anchor by approved permit issued from the superintendent under the authority provided by the special regulations in Virgin Islands law.

2020 Buck Island Reef NM Sea Turtle Nesting Season Is Underway

There are several key nesting areas on St. Croix, including Buck Island Reef National Monument, U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge, St. Croix’s East End Beaches (Jack’s, Issac’s, Southgate, Coakley Bay), and Ha’ Penny Beach on the south shore.

Christiansted National Historic Site Repairing Damage From 2017 Hurricanes

Christiansted National Historic Site has begun several projects related to the repair of damages to park buildings and trees resulting from hurricanes Irma and Maria of 2017. Work may result in limited street closings in and around the Site.

Least Terns Leave Buck Island; Nesting Colony Unsuccessful This Year

Buck Island Reef National Monument on St. Croix has announced that the least terns have left West Beach. All of the beach is open to the public again.

Buck Island Reef NM Informs Public of Boat Safety and Summer Operations

"Many local and visiting boaters are unaware that all of Buck Island Reef National Monument is managed according to national park standards, and it is the responsibility of the National Park Service to do its part to protect life, property and park resources within the monument, which is a Marine Protected Area,” said Park Superintendent Greg Camacho.

Community Residents Revitalize and Beautify Point Udall

Local nurse Kathleen Arnold Lewis mobilized a beautification initiative accompanied by a group of volunteers, including her daughter, son and family friends.

NPS Reminds Public of Park Rules and Boater Safety

As the National Park Service continues to prepare the parks for the next phase of making them accessible to the public, it reminds everyone about the rules and levels of awareness that will make visits to the parks, whether on the land or in the water, safe and fun.

Least Terns Return to St. Croix and Buck Island

They are easily disturbed by people walking nearby and will leave the eggs and fly toward the invader. Every time a tern flies off the nest during the day, the eggs or chicks are exposed to excessive heat from direct sunlight and to possible predation.

Parks Modify Operations on St. Croix Again Due to COVID-19

On Friday, April 18, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. announced plans to reopen the territory’s beaches on Monday, April 20, and the park is making similar steps in opening some of its recreational services beginning Tuesday, April 21.

V.I. National Park Is Modifying Operations to Implement Local Health Guidance 3

Beginning April 10, the park will resume mooring fee collection in order to help boaters during the territorial stay-at-home order. The V.I. Government requires all boaters to complete the one-page health screening form.

St. Croix National Parks Take Actions Against COVID-19 Spread

The National Park Service (NPS) at Christiansted National Historic Site, Buck Island Reef National Monument, and Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve on St. Croix is implementing an immediate public use limitation, area closures and cancellations for all permitted events and demonstrations covered by park regulations.

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