Arbor Day in the US Virgin Islands Date in the current year: September 30, 2016

Arbor Day in the US Virgin Islands Arbor Day in the United States Virgin Islands is celebrated on the last Friday in September. The holiday originated in the late 19th century in the American state of Nebraska, it is celebrated to help people appreciate the importance of trees for our environment.

Tropical forests are an important feature of the Virgin Islands. They hold most of the archipelago's plants and wildlife. Sadly, deforestation is one of the major issues facing the forests of the US Virgin Islands. Forest loss is primarily caused by urbanization.

Arbor Day campaign in the US Virgin Islands is called the V. I. ReLeaf Program, it is coordinated by such organizations as the V. I. Department of Agriculture and Forestry Program, St. Croix Farmers in Action, and the St. Croix Environmental Association.

In 2010, the Forestry Division of the V. I. Department of Agriculture released the US Virgin Islands Forest Resources Assessment and Strategies, also known as the V. I. Forest Action Plan. It provides strategies to educate the islanders about the importance of forest conservation and incentives for landowners to stop forest fragmentation. The document suggests that the Department form partnership with other governmental agencies and with NGOs to stop deforestation.

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