Group Title: Olasee Davis articles
Title: Let's do something Save Jack and Issac Bay area (September 24, 1990)
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Title: Let's do something Save Jack and Issac Bay area (September 24, 1990)
Series Title: Olasee Davis articles
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Language: English
Creator: Davis, Olasee
Publication Date: September 24, 1990
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The Daily News, Monday, September 24, 1990

Let's do something: Save

Jack and Issac Bay area

O fe ODvis isare mWoirWrmn-
arEt. His opn does not neoae-
sany roect thma of Nis employer.
me Unwarsy of o Virgn lands
CoopraW EOfxtensI"on io.
lividce indicates that whee
Christopher Colmbus boded on
the land of Se Croix in 1493, the
dominant vegeqaion throughout he
V rtin Islands, except for a few wet-
land areas, was fore Today, such
forest has subsequently all but dis-
appeared from he onc luxurianly
ose=d Vigi sands
Most forces in the Virgin Islands
today is drforest with e excep
tion omall paces omoi forest
Thus. dry forest is the most exten-
sive terrestrial habitat in the Vigin
Islands, coonainig te largest um-
ber of species of saimals such as
birds. The Sootgae Pond on St.
Cmix alone has around 96 species
ol bird and 26 of which re consid-
cred threatened or endangered in the
Virgin Islands.
If these islands are to remain a
ourist destiation in the Cribba,
we mut recoin the need to pro-
seve and protect certain nural
areas such as dry ad moist forest
coastal areas, sal pods, and man-
,rove arcas.
i1ere k talk of subdivisioinlathe
Jack Bay area on S. Croix. Jack and
aac Bay i a good example of a
unique area on St. Croix because of
its diversified dry fors ecosystem
containing endangered species of
animals and plants tha can't be
found anywhere else n the iad
If development occurs. suc spe-
es as the Sr Croix ground lizard
agoui, endemic snakes, and en-
demie plans will be threatened or
become extinct This area also has
the las known habitat of Crucian
To disur Ibis area means an t-
tire coasysm is a risk thus losing
probably the last relatively undis-
turbed pgne pools in the Virgi Is-
lands. T search for pharmaceuti
cal plants in the, tropics is big


Guest EdMorl

business. Areas like Jack and Isa
Bay. rlatively undistmbed for cen
ries, has poectially comical
impota natural resources fr the
Vis Islands*
urenty, for new plan spe.
ccs were found in Jack Bay a
A aew record for SL Coix. this
rndint definitely puts these p
on the cadaeed species lis be.
case each is the oly species of its
kind. Tce plants must be proteced
if dvlopn .occurs.
Jack and bI Bay lso represent
two o the mos environmentally
seshtive fgile ecosystems on S.
Croix. The V.I. Soil Smvey dassi-
fied hese areas as exumely lhmied
for development albough the are
ome flat areas. We know hat
nmony talks in the Virgin Islands,
and thoe who re supposed to re-
preset these islands' best imres
cad to overlook the fact and per.
mit such confounded dvelopoma.
I was told tha is taa als o s
a breeding ground for lobsters
scabirds and probably the endan-
gered sea tutn no to menton rare
species sh as Nassa goper, red
hinds and whelk. *
Over the yeas.stdies have bec
made o St. Croix East End ecosy-
stem. In 1978. e National Oceanic
and Atmospheric Administration
recommended tha "East End should
remain In its present stas, and in
grated iMto e Tbrritorial Park
Sysem." The are alo has some of
the fls reefsysems in the Eastern
Caribbean. occurring at Buck Island
and around the easerm pan of SL
Crdix. Thus, Jack and Isaac Bay

beaches are considered o be amog
thet b ocing areas in the Ca-
From what you've ed thus f,
it should be dear that te marie
nvironmnt of the Eat Ed should
be potected. The erretrial cavi-
rome of hee areas are a valu-
able resonce in kse Any type of
de occurring as Jack and
saac Bay reas affect not only bthe
lad but te marion eaviroomo as
I n say. however, ha if my
Span o oe slopes f Jack and
Bay is lfor subdivision,
mhrS, native ornamental pias,
and tha us cac community hat
cover de area now would no o
prevent rnoff. Thusm reg
would be extemely slow de to
aridiy and poor s1 md pouio
of he urrounding bays by sediment
from the fragile hillsides. Tis
would cause a significant change to
the teestrial environmen and def-
nisely degrade the marine enviro
Thee developers who warn to
develop Jack Bay am will el us
hat tey would not damag e en-
vironment o a arge extent, but
what will happen to the 9-age
impact? instead of this d
fitla few rich people ca bene-
rit heentire Vrg Ilands and vid-
tors alike if the lad become a
erriorial park Most Vitgir ad-
ms hardly know he bean of the
islands' ura evironmet. Vs-
tos ad people who decided' to
make e Islands their ooms
know moe natua maas th we
The final analys is it ttis
unspoled aea of S Coix must b
protected Franklin Roosevelt o
said Do something If i work do
it soen more, ifit doesn't wok do
something lse." With tiha spirit
mind, Jack ad Iaac Bay ca be-
come a jsuroriat psek if Ifmpb
of (e VirfgiA Isladsdo eti g


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