St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, National Heritage Area Study
Dear Interested Party,
We are pleased to share with you the final St. Croix National Heritage Area Feasibility Study. The National Park Service (NPS) conducted this study with the help of local partners at the request of Congress (Public Law 1009-338). The study evaluates the feasibility and suitability of congressional designation of the island of St. Croix as a national heritage area.
The study looked at the entire island of St. Croix and the offshore marine areas as a distinctive landscape for potential designation as a national heritage area. The enclosed report describes the assemblage of authentic natural, cultural, historic, and scenic resources on St. Croix that celebrate the heritage of its people. These resources and the history of the island are related to the larger story of American heritage through several themes that emerged during the study process and which are articulated throughout the report.
The National Park Service concludes that a potential St. Croix National Heritage Area would represent a distinctively American story about the nation. The study further finds that the study area meets the ten interim criteria for evaluation of new national heritage areas and, therefore, is suitable for designation by the U.S. Congress as a national heritage area.
Thank you for your participation in this study effort.
Assistant Regional Director, Partnerships
Kate Taylor Randall, Project Manager
Denver Service Center