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Home Publications Tree Planters' Notes Tree Planters' Notes Volume 60, Number 2 (2017) A Reforestation Profile of the U.S. Virgin Islands

A Reforestation Profile of the U.S. Virgin Islands

This article profiles past and present deforestation and reforestation in the U.S. Virgin Islands, along with the geography and ecology of the three islands. The islands of St. Thomas and St. John form one ecological and cultural unit, whereas St. Croix, located approximately 40 mi to the south, makes up another unit. Different periods of human occupation have left their marks on the islands, including extinctions and introductions of plant and animal species. Owing to the small size and population density of the U.S. Virgin Islands, tree planting is generally for landscaping or small-scale ecological restoration projects rather than timber production. Therefore, trees are grown in containers and tend to be planted as saplings rather than as seedlings.

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Author(s): Michael Morgan, Brian Daley, Louis Hilgemann, Thomas W. Zimmerman

Publication: Tree Planters' Notes - Volume 60, Number 2 (2017)

Volume: 60

Number: 2