The DallyNews, Friday, iy28.41 Environment 17
Black History Month a time
to remember Cyril E. King
My people were great kings, comprehensive water and land use
investors builders thinkers, ednca- plan was the ore of the organize.
tors, and the likes-before Febr- lion's beliefs. Educati on, onserva-
ary became a month to celebrate the lion, cultural resource, strength-
black contribution to the world. Davi ended legislation to protect the envi-
As a matter of fact, Africa gave ronmet, and to increase our aware.
birth to modem civilization. In ness that these islands' economical
these islands, I consider the late o en mm base relies on how we manage our
Gov. Cyril E King one of the great- natural resources is what make SEA
est political black leaders of our an important organization.
lime in the Virgin Islands. inspired me to purue a ca eer in For a long time, we have been
In 1977, King said, "We will agriculture and the environment. told to think about certain issues,
need the help and support and the Today, I am involved in many rather than how to think about
understandingof the people of the organizations. However, one of my them. As a people, we have leave
Virgin Islands. Our ability, our stands in these islands' political all the thinking to politicians belicv-
capacity to cope with the challenges arena is the environment. As early ing they have the Virgin Islands at
before us and fuel the forward as the 1980s, Liz Wilson, Dr. heart. We forge Gov. King telling
momentum we have achieved rests FIctcher Robinson, myself and oh- us to expect "less from government
on it. We must expand our aware- ers were involved in strategic plan and demand more from ourselves "
ness of the limits of what govern- ning of eviroamental protection. The environment is one area
meant can accomplish." One of our first environmental where the public is often told what
He further stated, "we must Alenges was the Fountain Valley to think. SEAlook a stand to edu.
expect less from government and issue, 4.000 acres or 17 estates on ate the public about environmental
demand more from ourselves. We the northwestern side of SL Croix issues that affect our quality of life
must be forever mindful that in the when an outside developer wanted in these islands. Over the years, the
final analysis, good government is to buy. Eventually, the Juan Lis SBA has worked with government
the sum total of all citizens doing administration blessed the deal and agencies and other non-profit
their part." King had a profound the 4,000 acres was sold. groups educating people in the Vir-
influnce on my life intellectually. The St. Croix Environmental gin Islands that we have a par to
What I am today is because of Association was bom in 1986 with play in shaping the islands' future.
close friends, my parents and the a handful of former Virgin Islands Gov. King's spirit is alive today.
Into governor's interest in me as a Conervation Society activists. Such organizations as St. Croix
young Virgin Islander. Dr. Akil SEA is the St. Coix chapterof Environmental Association, which I
Petercn, Karver Richardson. Frank the Virgi Islands Conservatiin involved in, are making a differ-
Frncois, myself and other formed Society, which is affiliated with the ence. King was a man with a vision.
the first agricultural club at Char- National Wildlife Federation. During Black History Month. let
lote Amalie High School. Before Hurricane Hugo hit St. us remember King and join him
On one occasion. Gov. King Croix in 198, SEA had member- when he said, "lam asking you
invited us young farmers to Gov- ship over 1,000 people. Most pco- tod join with me in lighting the
emment House for a meetingto dis- pie know SEA bet for its role in candle. I am asking you to join with
cuas our progress on the school fighting for Salt River to become a men counting our blessings. And I
farm. During the meeting, the late park. In his effort, SEA established am asking you to join with me in
governor sid, "we have a problem an extensive networking with many dreaming more of what we can
where one of ou large utmarind local and national organizations, an incd be."
trees at the market square is dying educational pgram, lying, and FR FrORM ON
because ofncglcct for years." testifying in Washington. To fnd out more about SEA
I recalled'whe the governor In 1992, President Bush signed call773-1989.
said, "fone ofus was anexpertin into law an act making Salt River a Olase Davi who holds a ma-
rees probably that large tree could national Park. er of science degree in range man-
have bee saved." Thus from the birth of SEA, ago en and forestry ecology, is a
Believe me, those simple words sound environmental planning for S. Croix eologi, activist and
spoken by the late Gov. King the islands guided by a workable writer.