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What We Do At The NPT

The National Parks Trust currently manages 21 National Parks which include 20 terrestrial parks, such as ......Read More

Our Conservation Projects

Sample icon 2 Restoring endangered, endemic or indigenous species is one of the NPT’s most critical programmes ...Read More

Our Mission

Sample icon 3 "To preserve and manage designated natural and cultural areas in order to improve the quality of life in the British Virgin Islands."

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Establishment of the conservation plant …

13-12-2013 Hits:3559 Recent News Diehdra Potter - avatar Diehdra Potter

Establishment of the conservation plant beds at the JR O'Neal Botanic Gardens

Threatened and rare plants exhibited at the Joseph Reynold O'Neal Botanic Gardens The National Parks Trust and the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew have partnered in the establishment of a permanent collection...

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New lookout tower at Shark Bay National …

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New lookout tower at Shark Bay National Park

JULY 19, 2012 - A new look out tower was recently installed by the staff of the National Parks Trust duing the months of June and July 2012 at Shark...

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This was the first programme of the newly created National Parks Trust in 1964, following the declaration of Sage Mountain as a National Park. Originally focusing on the reforestation of cleared agricultural or pasture land, it now encompasses the coastal environment, with emphasis on mangrove replanting.

Reforestation efforts aim to increase floral species diversity, restore degraded habitats, conserve watersheds and raise public awareness of the importance of trees within the BVI. The programme is celebrated every year at Arbour Day, when trees are distributed to schools and members of the general public. School children are encouraged to participate in the special events, such as essay and container garden competitions.

The rehabilitation of mangrove areas, using the Riley Encasement method began in 1999 as a joint effort with the Conservation and Fisheries Department, in response to the escalating rate of coastal development. Mangroves have four very important roles: they are nurseries for juvenile fish; habitats and feeding grounds for birds; sediment filters that protect coral reefs and sea grass beds from becoming smothered; and buffers between the land and sea to reduce the impact of high wave energy.

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