The Department of Planning and Natural Resources, Government of the US Virgin Islands has the daunting task of protecting and preserving the islands' breathtaking beaches, colorful coral reefs, regal rainforests, and magnificent mountains. The state agency administers and enforces laws established to preserve and protect fish, wildlife, trees, vegetation, and coastal areas. Additionally, it protects the islands' water resources and guards against air, water, and oil pollution. It also maintains the islands' libraries, information services, and museums, and preserves historical items in the Virgin Islands' archives. Established in 1987, the department operates through nearly a dozen divisions.