Benefits to the NPS

  1. Locating the MREC in Christiansted could effectively be the catalyst that draws intellectual talent in many fields to our island setting a platform for economic growth and prosperity. This achievement would elevate NPS’ reputation on St. Croix, and establish them in the role of exemplar for others to emulate around the world.
  2. NPS will be empowered to protect our sacred park areas and facilitate their use in ways that do not hinder the natural integrity of the land, while teaching others about the value of St. Croix’s significant cultural, historical, and natural greenscapes.
  3. Locating the MREC in Christiansted and restoring Salt River Bay to a natural site would best serve the self-professed vision of the Park Service by (a) caring for the environment by saving species, reducing our carbon footprint, and protecting our ecosystem, (b) promoting the preservation of history though sustaining places, sharing stories, and conserving artifacts, (c) revitalizing communities, encouraging historic preservation, promoting health, and celebrating heritage, and (d) inviting stewardship by nurturing the connection between nature and the public.
  4. Locating the MREC downtown would provide the Park Service with students to assist them in the multiple facilities required for running, maintaining, and providing tours of the archeologically significant areas of downtown and elsewhere.
  5. Unprecedented growth opportunity for NPS to expand with new educational and tourist venues downtown or based out of their centrally located port facility in Christiansted Harbor.
  6. Ready availability in Christiansted Harbor and Gallows Bay of dock space, mooring space and technical support facilities required to maintain a fleet of NPS watercraft.
  7. Closer proximity to Buck Island and the East End Marine Park, the two primary places the Park Service visits by boat to patrol and monitor, will save great amounts of time and expense.