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Working Lands Climate Corps, an AmeriCorps Program, Now Accepting Applications

The Virgin Islands Department of Agriculture (VIDA), in partnership with Vermont’s White River Natural Resources Conservation District, is happy to begin officially accepting applications through August 5.

Friends of Virgin Islands National Park Awards Nine University Scholarships

The awards, totaling $42,500, fall under the auspices of the Friends’ two scholarship programs: the Jeffery Matheny Scholarship and the Noble Samuel Scholarship and Internship. 

Forestry Inventory of the U.S. Virgin Islands Begins on St. John

The inventory is part of a federal effort to collect, analyze and report information on the status and trends of America’s forests.

People Across Caribbean Nations Join Events to Call for Urgent Climate Action

During June 14-16, hundreds of passionate individuals from eight Caribbean countries came together for an initiative called "I Love the Caribbean," creating a unified call for urgent climate action.

USVI Receives Climate Change Assessment by U.S. Global Change Research Project

Gov. Bryan said the session, which was attended by Cabinet members and representatives of key government agencies, was an “effort to move forward in a cohesive manner” to address the effects of climate change in the territory.

Division of Fish and Wildlife Calls a Halt to This Year’s Snake Bounty Program

The Division of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) congratulates all certified wildlife control operators for the impressive cull of snakes this year.

Caribbean Activists Raise Voices Amidst Climate Emergency

Climate scientists continue to emphasize that the recurring heatwaves in the Caribbean are symptomatic of the worsening climate crisis, despite the region contributing minimally to global emissions.

Queen Conch Closed to Fishing from June 1 Through October 31

The annual queen conch seasonal closure will commence on Saturday, June 1, for both the St. Croix and St. Thomas-St. John districts, as established by a regulation effective July 1, 2008.

VIEO Launches VI Battery Energy Storage Program (VIBES)

The Virgin Islands Energy Storage Rebate Program provides up to $4,000 in rebate incentives for the installation of new residential or commercial battery storage systems as long as they are accompanied by either an automatic transfer switch or a smart critical load panel.

Beach Advisory for May 20-24

The Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) announces that the Beach Water Quality Monitoring Program, which evaluates weekly water quality at popular swimming beaches throughout the territory by sampling for enterococci bacteria and turbidity, which is a measure of water clarity, advises the public of the following:

NRCS Caribbean Area Provides Emergency Watershed Protection Assistance to PR and USVI

NRCS provides financial and technical assistance to municipalities and local agencies in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands for the recovery and protection of life and property caused by excessive erosion and flooding from torrential rains.

Beach Advisory for May 13-17

DPNR performed water quality analysis at 18 designated beaches throughout the territory during the week of May 13 – May 17, 2024. The following beaches meet water quality standards and are considered safe for swimming and fishing:

DPNR’s Fish and Wildlife Releases 2nd Edition of ‘Go Wild, Go Fish VI’ Magazine

The first issue of “Go Wild, Go Fish VI” was released last July and cast a spotlight on the endangered Virgin Islands tree boa, the invasive red-tailed boa, the division’s sea mapping program, scientific bird work, exotic pet amnesty program and scientific papers.

PSC Gains Valuable Insights During Randolph Harley Power Plant Visit on St. Thomas

During the visit, they gained invaluable insights into the intricate processes involved in generating power and producing safe water, as well as the ongoing efforts to maintain and repair older generation units among other major updates.

DPNR Forges International Partnership to Restore New Wildlife and Marine Sanctuary

The USVI is in partnership with the Island-Ocean Connection Challenge (IOCC) to link Savana Island with 40 globally significant islands across the world’s oceans, including but not limited to Floreana Island in the Galapagos, Tetiaroa Atoll in French Polynesia, Late Island in Tonga and Ulong Island in Palau.

USDA Forest Service to Resume Fourth Inventory of the U.S. Virgin Islands Forests

This is part of a federal effort started in 1930 to collect, analyze and report information on the status and trends of America’s forests.

VI Energy Office Launches Weatherization Assistance Program for Low-income Virgin Islanders

Weatherization Assistance Program is a comprehensive initiative aimed at improving energy efficiency and reducing utility costs for residents across the Virgin Islands.

WAPA Expresses Gratitude to Customers, Partner Agencies for Successful Water Filter Distribution

The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA) extends heartfelt appreciation to its valued customers for their overwhelming support during last week’s water filter distribution initiative on St. Croix.

VIEO to Launch Equitable E-Mobility (Electric Vehicles) Rebate Program

VIEO has launched the "Equitable E-Mobility Rebate Program," an initiative to revolutionize sustainable transportation across the Virgin Islands.

CFVI Announces 2023 Recipient of the Judith A. Towle Environmental Studies Fund Award

Ailén Anido Escalona (pictured), from Gibara, Cuba, has been selected to receive this year's award.

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