The island of St. John is a great vacation spot for anyone. Even with all of the tourism, the island is very committed to conserving its natural resources and sea life. St. John is known for their conserved national parks but what many people do not know about St. John, USVI is their vow to conserve water and nearly extinct sea life. St. John natives encourage the preservation of the islands natural beauty and want their home to remain as beautiful and pure as it has been since the beginning of their history.
When visitors come to the island, hotels and villa owners specifically encourage guests to conserve water as much as possible. The reason for the strong push to conserve water is due to use of cisterns in the past. The integration of a water desalination plant has made water more available to the guests and natives of the island but it seems as though natives still use as little water as possible. Guests of the island are said to use a months worth of water in one day while visiting, when compared to natives. That’s a pretty big waste of water when you think about it.
Along with water conservation comes the conservation of sea life. St. John is home to species of sea turtles that are known for being a disappearing species. It is only expected for the island to take a large stance in protecting these species. Due to their serious decline in numbers, all sea turtle species are protected under the government as an endangered species and cannot be used for harvesting. Killing a sea turtle is considered a federal offense and can result in serious jail time. St. John works very hard to conserve these animals and increase their species’ population on the island.
Conservation is a focal point of St. John and you can see that by simply visiting. With over two thirds of the island being conserved national parks, the beauty and elegance of St. John, USVI is one fit for a king and queen. If you are thinking of visiting this wonderful island, I think the natives would encourage me to ask to conserve as much of the natural resources as possible.