Contact: Remar Sutton
Governor, Trustees of the British Virgin Islands National Parks, USA
Walter Cronkite, Anne Hearst, Peter Jennings, Jean-Michel Cousteau, and Lt. Governor Rockefeller Highlight Unique Nature of British Virgin Islands (BVI) National Parks
Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands, Monday, February 11, 2002…
The conservation effort is being undertaken by the Trustees of the BVI National
Parks Trust, USA, a philanthropic trust. The Trustees seek to raise important
issues impacting the BVI’s national parks that comprise eleven percent
of the land and marine area of the BVI.
They, along with David Fanning, founder and executive producer of PBS Frontline, Remar Sutton, columnist for The Washington Post, and Lester Hyman, Washington, D.C.-based presidential advisor, are lending support for the parks and for the efforts to strengthen, expand and preserve them.
Other prominent Americans serving as Governors are Anne Randolph Hearst, granddaughter of William Randolph Hearst and contributing editor to Town and Country magazine; Lt. Governor Winthrop Rockefeller of Arkansas, grandson of John D. Rockefeller, Jr. and scion of a name synonymous with preserving the extraordinary nature of the British and American Virgin Islands; Emmy-Award-winning explorer Dan Buettner, a veteran of expeditions in over 100 countries; and Dr. Henry Jarecki, President of The Falconwood Corporation and owner of Guana Island, an exclusive 850-acre private nature preserve off the North Shore of Tortola.
Walter Cronkite, a Governor, avid yachtsman and frequent visitor to the territory for over thirty years, complimented the Government and Parks for their efforts to safeguard the BVI environment. “As one travels the rest of the world,” Cronkite said, “the appreciation is always greater for the efforts of the British Virgin Islands to maintain the difficult balance between necessary economic development and the great natural beauty bestowed on this territory.”
Peter Jennings commented, “It’s an honor to be included with those who love the BVI and wish to see it thrive. The wonderful people of the BVI understand they live in a unique environment worth protecting. We all know that the national parks need constant attention. They are being managed for the next generation and the next.”
Lt. Governor Rockefeller, whose uncle, Laurance Rockefeller founded Little Dix Bay on Virgin Gorda, recently visited the BVI along with other Governors of the Trust and met with the Honorable Ralph T. O’Neal, the BVI’s Chief Minister and Minister of Tourism, and His Excellency, Governor Frank Savage, appointed by the Chief Executive Officer of the Territory, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Lt. Governor Rockefeller made an official address to key members of government at Long Bay Beach Resort on Tortola. “We do not inherit the earth from our parents, but borrow it from our children,” Rockefeller said, using a favorite American Indian quote. “Our Governors are here because we have been touched, even changed by these islands.” Mr. Rockefeller continued, “We are here because we love these islands and their citizens, because we have made friendships here that are worth having for life.”
In March Governors Jean-Michel Cousteau, George Plimpton and Cliff Robertson
will visit the BVI. “One goal of our group,” says J.C. Pierce, President
of the Trustees of the BVI National Parks Trust, “is to develop materials
highlighting the unique nature and problems of the BVI Parks. We are also planning
to develop a short documentary on the Parks using the great talent of our Governors.”
Pierce, the great-grandson of Count Ferdinand DeLessups, has had a home in the
British Virgin Islands for eighteen of his thirty-five years.
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The BVI National Parks Trust, found on the Internet at www.bvinationalparkstrust.org,
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