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Virgin Islands National Park News

Showing the last 10 news releases. Click here to visit nps.gov's Virgin Islands National Park - News section for more.

  • Virgin Islands National Park to begin environmental cleanup at Caneel Bay this winter

    November 30, 2023 | 4:40 pm

    Update on Caneel Bay Asbestos Clean up

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  • Public Meeting: Ram Head Plaque and Caneel Bay Update

    November 14, 2023 | 10:20 am

    There will be a public meeting in the Cruz Bay Visitor Center on November 16, 2023 to give a brief update on Caneel Bay, and to share progress on Ram Head plaque installation.

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  • National Park Service seeks leader for national parks on St. John and St. Thomas in U.S. Virgin Islands

    October 26, 2023 | 12:08 pm

    The National Park Service (NPS) today launched its search for a dynamic new leader to manage the Virgin Islands National Park and Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument as superintendent.

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  • Vessel Grounding Update in Virgin Islands National Park

    October 2, 2023 | 2:22 pm

    The daytime grounding of sailing vessel Amokura occurred at Johnsons Reef, a large offshore patch reef a half-mile from the northern shore of St John and within Virgin Islands National Park.

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  • Statement from Virgin Islands National Park Acting Superintendent Penny Del Bene concerning the Caneel Bay Resort Retained Use Estate

    October 1, 2023 | 8:54 am

    “The National Park Service (NPS) will comply with a federal court order issued Thursday, which grants the United States’ motion to stay the trial concerning the September 30, 2023, expiration of the Caneel Bay Resort Retained Use Estate (RUE) as the court moves to resolve the case. In further compliance with the order, the NPS will not take steps to manage or assume possession of the property until receiving further notice from the court,” said Penny Del Bene, acting superintendent, Virgin Islands National Park.

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  • Penelope Del Bene begins as acting superintendent of Virgin Islands National Park and Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument

    September 6, 2023 | 3:15 pm

    On Wednesday, Sept. 6, Virgin Islands National Park and Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument welcomed Penelope Del Bene, as she officially began her 120-day assignment as acting superintendent of the two St. John parks. Scott Simmons returns to his role as the park’s deputy superintendent.

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  • National Park Service completes Caneel Bay Environmental Assessment

    July 28, 2023 | 10:27 am

    Virgin Islands National Park completed its Caneel Bay Redevelopment and Management Environmental Assessment (EA), outlining plans to restore commercial overnight accommodations at Caneel Bay and continue a long legacy of hospitality and conservation. Determinations are outlined in a decision document called a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) and signed by National Park Service (NPS) Southeast Regional Director Mark Foust.   

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  • Change in Leadership at Virgin Islands National Park

    July 16, 2023 | 4:25 pm

    The National Park Service (NPS) announces Scott B. Simmons will serve as Acting Superintendent of Virgin Islands National Park and Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument beginning July 30, 2023. Nigel A. Fields, the departing Superintendent, returns to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) in a senior executive position after leading approximately $50 million in recovery efforts on St. John following Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • John Head Road Closure and Restrictions Beginning Monday, July 31, 2023

    July 11, 2023 | 8:36 am

    John Head Road repair and paving will begin on Monday, July 31, 2023, at 7:00 am and will continue until Wednesday, August 2, 2023, at 5:00 pm.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Virgin Islands National Park is Now Accepting Online Payments for Overnight Mooring Fees

    June 12, 2023 | 10:05 am

    Virgin Islands National Park is now accepting online payments for overnight mooring fees through the www.recreation.gov mobile app.

    Read more at nps.gov