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Charlotte Amalie
Friday, January 15, 2021

Environment

Three Virgin Islands Beaches Again Receive Prestigious Blue Flag Certification

The Blue Flag Program aims at improving the environmental quality of beaches and marinas and the management of coastal areas in a holistic way.

USDA-NRCS Awards $8.5M in Conservation Assistance to Caribbean Farmers in 2020

In FY 2020, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) continued working in partnership with farmers, ranchers and forest landowners in the Caribbean Area (PR and USVI) despite hardships from earthquakes to COVID-19 to tropical storms.

No Travel Restrictions for Birds Entering the Virgin Islands

While I was in New York City in September, there were a few nights when thousands of birds were expected to fly over on their way south – many of them heading towards the Caribbean. More birds than people it seems, as a number of islands are still not welcoming visitors.

Coral World Reopens, Launches ‘Dolphin TREK’

Coral World’s dolphin welfare specialists often heard from guests during existing interactive dolphin programs that they would really like to see the dolphins swimming underwater.

DPNR Launches New Reporting App to Protect Natural Resources in Territory

The new reporting app allows users to submit anonymous tips about illegal or suspicious activity that could harm the Virgin Islands’ natural resources.

Island Green Keeps 300K Aluminum Cans Out of the Landfill

Together with last year’s batch, Island Green has kept a cumulative 25,000 lbs. of valuable aluminum from wasting away unused in the territory’s overflowing landfills.
Hills are turning brown all over St. Thomas under drought conditions (sap photo)

USDA Designates V.I. Part of Drought Monitor, V.I. Eligible for Livestock Forage Disaster Program

This became extremely important when the U.S. Virgin Islands experienced a drought beginning in April that has not abated and continues with minimal relief.

St. John Land Conservancy Expansion Appoints New Executive Director

Hiring a part-time executive director became essential to meet the needs of the Conservancy’s expanding operations, and Kauffman fit the role perfectly, especially since she had already been on the board for several years.

Did You Know Flamboyant Trees Are Originally From Madagascar?

All around the Virgin Islands, especially on St. Thomas, the hills in summer are lit up by the brilliant glow of flamboyant trees – so bright that some people call them flame trees.

Coral World and UVI Partner to Save Coral Reefs

The territory’s coral reef is under attack by a new disease called the stony coral tissue loss disease (SCTLD), which is a highly lethal, rapid tissue loss disease that affects approximately half of all stony coral species in the U.S. Virgin Islands.