Forest Action Plan
Loss of contiguous forest and forest fragmentation threaten U.S. Virgin Islands’ forests
The primary issues facing the forests of the U.S. Virgin Islands are: losses of contiguous forestland, loss of transitional forests to development, lack of data on the urban forest resource, hazard mitigation, protection of coastal forest ecosystems, invasive species, and wildfire control.
The Forest Action Plan provides strategies to collect more data on urban forest resources, educate various audiences about the importance of maintaining forested properties, protecting forest resources in perpetuity, stopping forest fragmentation by providing incentives for landowners. It suggests forming partnerships with other governmental agencies and with nonprofit organizations to undertake these strategies.