The U.S. Department of the Interior announced last week that almost $4 million had been allocated to projects and programs in several U.S. territories, including the U.S. Virgin Islands as reported by the VI Consortium recently. This is aimed at combating climate change, restoring coastal areas, and eradicating invasive species. Read the full article here.

In the announcement on February 5, 2024 found here, the Dept of Interior said $971,000 will go to the U.S. Virgin Islands to support the development of an early detection and rapid response framework of invasive species and support surveys of plant communities that connect northern and southern shorelines across St. Croix, St. Thomas and St. John. This is a component in the nearly $7 million from President Biden’s Investing in America agenda to advance climate resilience and restore lands and waters through impactful ecosystem restoration work in the U.S. territories.