WASHINGTON, D.C.—Doug Domenech, Assistant Secretary for Insular and International Affairs of the U.S. Department of the Interior, and Nik Pula, director of the Office of Insular Affairs, will be in the U.S. Virgin Islands this week from Nov. 12 to 14, on the islands of St. Croix and St. Thomas, to meet with local federal partners for discussions on hurricane disaster recovery efforts, follow-up on OIA funding provided for the Office of Disaster Recovery, and review other disaster-related efforts.
“I look forward to seeing what progress has been made with respect to hurricane disaster recovery,” said Domenech. “We had fruitful discussions with Gov. [Albert] Bryan [Jr.] and his team when they visited Washington, D.C. last week and we look forward to seeing the actual progress made on the ground.”
Federal partners with whom Domenech will be meeting include Federal Emergency Management Agency joint field office director Jaqueline Heyliger, and local business entities such as the St. Croix Chamber of Commerce, and the Virgin Islands Hotel Association. Domenech will also meet with National Park Service superintendent Gregory Camacho, to follow-up on interagency matters between the Virgin Islands government and the National Park Service.
While in the Caribbean, Domenech will also stop in Puerto Rico for meetings with the Conservation Trust of Puerto Rico. Domenech represents the Department of the Interior on the board of Conservation Trust, a private, non-profit organization whose mission is to secure functional and healthy ecosystems in the territory.
For more information on the Office of Insular Affairs, visit www.doi.gov/oia or follow Domenech at @ASIIADomenech. For more information on the Conservation Trust of Puerto Rico visit http://www.fideicomiso.org/home.html. (PR)