Today, I am writing to you as a part of our network of park stewards and asking you to play a continued role in protecting Virgin Islands National Park.
As we ready for a new season on St. John, we can look back in pride at the incredible 2020-2021 season we collectively pulled off against some impressive odds. Important research to guide land management decisions, such as best practices for mangrove planting, was carried out. The Sea Turtle Nest Monitoring and Protection Program set record numbers for beaches patrolled and counted 2634 hatchlings! We produced a documentary to keep the spirit of the 30th Anniversary of the Folk Life Festival alive, and continued to educate and engage hundreds of students through the virtual festival.
You know your support goes a long way to help fund critical conservation programs and projects in your Park each year. Did you also know that as a member and supporter of the Friends, you maintain 27 miles of hiking trails, and enable our consistent efforts to replant native vegetation for shoreline stabilization?
Let's go into this new year with full support for Virgin Islands National Park! Please make a charitable gift before the end of the year of $100 or more!
Good conservation work does more than address the environmental challenges we see today. It connects people with their environment and invests in the future. Your ongoing support is helping to build a pipeline of conservation education opportunities for island youth from School Kids in the Park to our Learn to Swim program and our Summer Trail Crew. As well as the Jeffery Matheny Scholarship, the Noble Samuel Scholarship and Internship, and the AmeriCorps VISTA program.
Thank you for your membership, volunteerism, and charitable giving!
It is an honor to work on your behalf. I look forward to our successful future as protectors of the natural and cultural resources found in Virgin Islands National Park!
Tonia Lovejoy, Executive Director