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Differing Views On House Appropriations Bill Impacts To National Parks

An appropriations bill for the Interior Department adopted by the House of Representatives was applauded by some Republicans as one way to "reduce bureaucracy and promote regulatory certainty," but national park advocates said it would do serious damage to the National Park System if it passes Congress as currently written.

Rebuilding Virgin Islands National Park After Hurricane Irma Won't Happen Overnight

There was Betsy and Donna, Hugo and Lenny, as well as Omar and Earl and many other hurricanes before Irma made a direct hit on St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and after each the rebuilding got under way. It's no different today at Virgin Islands National Park, which occupies more than half of the 20-square-mile island. And it won't happen overnight.

Battling Lionfish At Virgin Islands National Park

Lionfish prevention is one of several conservation and protection programs supported by Friends of Virgin Islands National Park. We partner with C.O.R.E. to beat the odds and help train first responders to spot, report and kill lionfish in Virgin Islands National Park. This past year C.O.R.E. trained more than 100 volunteers and caught an average of 12 lionfish a week! Considering a single lionfish can eat dozens of juvenile reef fish, this work is impressive and vital.

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