Brief History of the NPT
What We do
National Parks Trust Mission
The BVI National Parks Trust (NPT) was established under the National Parks Ordinance of 1961 as a statutory body, responsible for parks and protected areas. It is overseen by a Board of Directors appointed by the Government of the British Virgin Islands, and collaborates closely with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Labour and government departments such as Conservation and Fisheries and Town and Country Planning.
Over the years the National Parks Trust has grown from a voluntary organisation to one that is now professionally staffed. Its responsibilities have also increased from managing one National Park (Sage Mountain) in 1964 to managing nineteen National Parks in 2002, and it is anticipated that more parks will be declared in the future.
The Trust’s work also includes Species Restoration, Marine Conservation, Reforestation, Biodiversity Research & Conservation, Environmental Education and Historical Preservation.
Mr. Joseph Reynold O’Neal was the first Chairman of the National Parks Trust, when the first office opened in 1967. For his efforts in conservation in the BVI, the Botanic Gardens are named in his honour.
The National Parks Trust currently manages 21 National Parks which include 20 terrestrial parks, such as Sage Mountain and the remnants of a Caribbean forest, and one marine park, the famous Wreck of the RMS Rhone. Several parks are comprised of our smaller, uninhabited sister islands such as Great Tobago, The Dogs, and Fallen Jerusalem.
Our management regimen includes preservation of all flora and fauna within the parks, maintenance and constant upgrading of facilities, such as trails and picnic sites, to ensure a pleasurable visitor’s experience and to facilite scientific research.
From the inception of the Trust in 1961, reforestation has been one of its major goals with the re-planting of trees at Sage Mountain and Gorda Peak National Parks. The annual Arbour Day celebrations have resulted in the planting of hundreds of mahogany and cedar trees throughout the Territory.
The Trust is also deeply involved in maintaining the Territory’s biodiversity and has led several projects to restore or rehabilitate the Territory’s indigenous species.
"To preserve and manage designated natural and cultural areas in order to improve the quality of life in the British Virgin Islands."