The Daily News, Friday, February 11.19 Environm ent 17
Support protection of APCs
In these islands, there are many East End, Sandy Point, Southgate/
people who will stand up for what Chenay Bay, Great Salt Pond Bay,
they believe in. Often time they are Salt River Bay, Fredriksted Water-
afraid about what other people will front, Christiansted Waterfront,
say about them. I am a different Southshore Industrial areas, and St.
breed of Virgin Islander. I believe Croix Coral Reef System.
change does not come to you, The 18 APCs were approved by
unless you make change: Too long the CZM Commissions, and sent by Ourn
we have ignored degradation of Gov. Alexander A. Farrelly to the
limited island resources. Senate with his recommendation for
How many of us participated by approval. It took 15 years for the will lose our mos
attending the last public hearing on APCs to come before the Planning resources.
the APCs before they went to the and Environmental Protection Com- At the hearing
full Senate? In 1979,18 Areas of mittee. However, within those 15 cally about the G
particular concern (APCs) were years of political bureaucracy, the area on St. Croix
designated throughout the islands Virgin Islands population has Pond is one of th
by the Planning Office after public grown to the point where resources second largest sa
inputs and comments were made. have become a limited factor, gin Islands. This
St. John APCs'are Coral Harbor, The Comprehensive Analytic tant ecosystem f<
Chocolate Hole, Great Cruz Bay, Study of the APCs was created in and migratory bi
and Enighed Cruz Bay; St. Thomas mind to serve as an overall manage- juvenile fishes, a
areas are Vessup Bay, Mandahl meant plan to protect and manage tling basin for ru
Bay, Magens Bay, Botany Bay, resources that are important to pre- rounding upland
Mangrove Lagoon, and Harbor/ sent- and future-generation Virgin In addition to
Waterfront. Islanders. If these areas are not pro- pond also is an ii
On St. Croix, areas included tected now and become law, we sanctuary that in
to safeguard natural areas
and local endangered species plants,
animals, and marine organisms. The
area is home to the red, black, and
Olasee white mangrove forest, not to men-
Davis tion manchineel trees.
In 1990, the Federal Coastal
Barrier Improvement Act was
ionment established to protect coastal barri-
ironm t ers remaining within the United
States and its territories. The Great
valuable natural Salt Pond become part of that sys-
tem. The purposes of this system:
I talked specifi- '"Halt development in low-
eat Salt Pond Bay lying areas subject to natural disas-
The Great Salt ter like flooding and hurricanes.
S18 APCs and the "To stop wasteful federal
t pond in the Vir- expenditures in these areas.
pond is an impor- '"To protect valuable natural
r many residents resources from being destroyed by
ds, nursery for unwise economic development."
id serves as a set- In 1989, the Great Pond Bay
off from the sur- Really Trust Co. proposed to build
areas. a 500-room hotel, 1,100 condomini-
sediment trap, the um units, an 18-hole golf course, a
iportan wildlife conference center, and a marina
lude both Federal center in the great Salt Pond area.
The Boy Scouts Council of St.
Croix was the major challenger to
the proposed development. With the
political turmoil that proposal
brought, the Boy Scouts Council
eventually withdrew their objec-
tions to the proposed project.
The sad deal of this whole politi-
cal battle is that the majority of the
senators approved the development
around the Great Salt Pond area.
These are the kind of mislcaders
that represent these islands and do
not have the will power to stand up
for the best interest of the people of
We must stand to protect tradi-
tional use areas for present and
tuitrc generations. Believe me hy
supporting the APCs, you will pre-
serve part of lar natural heritage
OlhIas Davis, who Ihrold a Ir s-
ter i$j science' degree li ratnge mitlin-
agens'ient and forestry ecology, iV a
S. Cin. ecolhgislI, acullist amld