More than 100 people attending the annual meeting of the Friends of the Virgin Islands National Park heard a modest State of the Park address from Resources Management Chief Rafe Boulon. He said 2006 was a "reasonably good year … despite level funding and cost increases, the St. John Source reported.
Boulon might have added that other handicaps included the resignation of Park Supt. Art Frederick and a short "acting superintendency" of Walter Chavez. He recently returned to his full time post on Puerto Rico. A new acting superintendent, Catherine Light, arrived on island during the weekend.
the During the Sunday afternoon meeting at the Tree Lizards restaurant at Cinnamon Bay, Friends president Joe Kessler,
and Boulon, said a high point of the year was the acquisition of
several hundred undeveloped acres of land at Maho Bay. There was also
discussion of the proposal to swap Park land for VI-owned government
land for construction of a new school. Boulon said the Park is waiting
for the VI’s to make a suitable offer, the Source said.