National Park Service lecture series continues Thursday with talk on sustainable boating

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ST. CROIX - The National Park Service on St. Croix is continuing its lecture series this month with a Thursday evening talk by Jenn Travis from Friends of St. Croix East End Marine Park.

"She is going to give a lecture on sustainable boating operations in protected waters," said David Goldstein, chief of interpretation and education for the National Park Service sites on St. Croix.

The lecture will likely touch on a variety of topics, including types of vessels seen as friendly for protected waters, sorts of activities that should be allowed in protected waters and personal responsibility, he said.

As a National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration Coral Reef Management Fellow working with the V.I. Department of Natural Resources at the East End Marine Park, Travis will share information with all interested members of the public who operate in the marine environment.

The discussion, according to a release, will be relevant to boaters, divers, swimmers, snorkelers, kitesurfers and anyone else with an interest in sustainable marine use.

Travis came to St. Croix in 2009.

Since then, she has managed the Turtle Watch Education Program at Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge, been an active member of the Virgin Islands Network of Environmental Educators, led hundreds of snorkel tours, coordinated the education program at St. George Village Botanical Garden, co-designed a communication and outreach plan for Virgin Islands Marine Protected Areas Network, and completed her master's of science in education degree at Old Dominion University, according to the release.

The lecture is scheduled from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Danish Guinea West India Company Warehouse/Slave Market Building. The Christiansted National Historic Site parking lot will be opened at 4:45 p.m. and closed at 7 p.m. for this event.

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