Irma / Maria Recovery

On September 6, 2017, St. John and the U.S. Virgin Islands were hit by Category 5 Hurricane Irma, the largest recorded Atlantic storm in human history. Two weeks later, the second largest storm, Category 5 Hurricane Maria passed just south of the island. The combined effects of the storm left the region and the Park devastated. 

Thanks to the generosity of donors, supporters and volunteers, some $400,000 and countless volunteer hours have been spent in contributing to repairing and restoring the trails, beaches, reefs, and ruins in the Virgin Islands National Park so that visitors can enjoy it.  The Friends continues to work hard alongside the National Park Service on a number of recovery projects. 

2018-2019 Recovery Projects 

Annaberg Cookhouse Repair                                              
Annaberg Gardener & Coal Pit Sheds                              
Beach Amenities                  
Francis Bay Factory Renovations                                      
Johnson’s Reef Protection     
Leinster Bay Fort Repairs
Maho Pavilions                      
Plant Restoration & Management
Playground Improvements     
Trail Signs

Francis Bay Walking Trail

Trail Restoration

NPS Playground Repair

Book Events

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