Senator Samuel Carrion said Tuesday that developing parkland was a crucial investment in the Territory’s future.
Senator Carrion helped to spearhead legislation to expand and manage Virgin Islands parks, which was signed into law by Governor Albert A. Bryan during a brief morning ceremony.
“I would like to thank the Administration, my colleagues in the 34th Legislature, and all who supported this vital effort,” Senator Carrion said. “I chose to devote myself to public service because I desired to enhance the quality of life for all Virgin Islanders. This park system initiative will aid in the preservation of our natural and cultural resources for future generations. Steps taken towards the expansion and development of our Territorial Park System in 2022 will one day be remembered as a significant event in the history of the U.S. Virgin Islands.“
Act 8609 creates a new Division of Territorial Parks and Protected Areas to be managed by the Department of Planning and Natural Resources. Act 8610 amends the makeup of the Territorial Park System’s Board.
“Given growing concerns regarding beach access, environmental degradation, and the loss of significant historic and other sensitive sites, all those involved in advancing this measure should be proud,” Senator Carrion said. “This legislation also makes DPNR eligible for millions in conservation grants to create new parks and to protect existing sensitive areas such as the offshore cays. It is essential that we preserve our lands and waters for the purpose of conservation, recreation, and economic growth.”