Come listen to one ranger’s story about the recovery efforts in the Virgin Islands.
The idea of the Virgin Islands as a tropical Caribbean paradise of white sand, coral reefs, and lush landscapes is a common image. The US territory contains 87 National Register of Historic Places sites, this includes historic districts and buildings along with prehistoric archaeological sites, along with national parks, monuments, and wildlife refuges. It was an engaging utopia for residents and visitors until disaster struck in September of 2017 in the form of Hurricane Maria. The recovery teams engaged in a full approach to federal project assessments and planning, not only conducting fieldwork in extreme conditions but immersed in a very different adventure than most have experienced.