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The chairman of the 14th Caribbean Urban and Community Forestry Conference, Mario Francis,
stated, “Trees are of vital importance to our everyday life in the Virgin Islands, both from an environmental as well as an economic standpoint.”

The real value of urban forests, was the central theme that brought together more than 100 attendees for this week’s three day conference held at the UVI administration conference room. “This conference is of particular importance to St. Thomians because we are yet to have an environmental conscience that can more readily be found on St. John and St. Croix,” said Francis.

Hosted by the USVI Urban & Community Forestry Council Inc., Friday’s speakers followed a common theme in that “the right tree in the right place” should be a necessity for roadside plantings and new construction, as architects and city planners incorporate new landscaping scenarios.

St. Croix Environmental Association Executive Director Paul Charkroff, completed the line up of morning presenters by illustrating the offset to rising fuel bills in the territory by promoting the planting and proper maintenance of native shade trees around homes and common areas. This conference was of particular interest to those residents living on the island in VIRGIN ISLANDS REAL ESTATE.