Now this makes me happy…
Conservationist Jon Stryker, the man who in late 2012 purchased the 13.8 acre parcel that used to house Maho Bay Camps, just did another amazing thing for our little island … He donated $1.275 million which will fund the purchase of an 11.8 acre property that will be donated to the Virgin Islands National Park. Kudos to you Mr. Stryker.
Here are the official details straight from the Friends of the VI National Park:
“A significant, historic and beautiful piece of land has been added to the Virgin Islands National Park (Monday) thanks to Mr. Stryker’s generosity and vision,” said Joe Kessler, president of Friends of Virgin Islands National Park. “More than 500,000 visitors each year and generations to come will benefit from the preservation of this site.”
“The beauty and remarkable bio diversity of Virgin Islands National Park are American treasures,” said Mr. Stryker. “I’m honored to make this gift, protect this land and guarantee its stewardship in perpetuity.”
“Virgin Islands National Park, created by donations of land and other methods of philanthropy, is dependent on the generosity of people like Jon Stryker who have fallen in love with St. John and work with Friends of Virgin Islands National Park to preserve the park,” said Virgin Islands National Park Superintendent Jayne Schaffer. “Donations such as this 11.8 acres will protect the land and its resources forever, helping to keep St. John beautiful.”
The newly acquired property is located on the North Shore. It’s bounded by the National Park and includes the Old Stone Bridge and the historic ruins of the Estate Fredricksdal. The property has views of Tortola, Jost Van Dyke, Mary’s Point and St. Thomas. According to Joe Kessler, the process of conveying it to the National Park will take roughly six months.
This announcement marks the first time that Mr. Stryker publicly confirmed his involvement with the Maho Bay Camps property. The transaction was a closely guarded secret when it first occurred. Click here to read a little more about that.
And here’s a quick update on the Maho Bay Camps property from the Friends of the VI National Park:
In addition to this gift, Mr. Stryker is conducting a comprehensive restoration of his property at Little Maho Bay to return it to its natural state and increase the health and biodiversity of the terrestrial and marine ecosystems. Local St. John ecologist, Dr. Gary Ray, is the conservation director for the project.
The world needs more people like Mr. Stryker.