News and Events

Forest Technician, Mr. Stephen S Williams, planting a Lignum Vitae seedling with a student of Valley Christian Ministries Basic School in St. Catherine.

The Forestry Department has distributed over 17,700 seedlings in observation of Labour Day 2017 and is urging persons who have planted trees as part of their Labour Day projects to be vigilant in taking care of them.
 
CEO & Conservator of Forests, Ms. Marilyn Headley, commends individuals and organizations that included tree planting in their projects but is reminding persons that it is only part of the process.
 

Illegally cut lumber in the Fergis Ramsay Forest Reserve in St. Ann.

Two men have been fined after they were found guilty of operating without a sawmill licence when they appeared in the Hanover Parish Court, on Tuesday, April 18.

Alrick Grant of a Lucea address was charged with trading in locally produced lumber without a licence and Prince Phillips, also of a Lucea address, was charged with storing locally produced lumber without a licence. Both men have been fined $10,000 each or will serve ten months imprisonment in default of payment.

A section of the Cockpit Forest Reserve

The Forestry Department will be hosting a series of public consultations across the island to get feedback from stakeholders on the draft National Forest Management and Conservation Plan (NFMCP).

The NFMCP is the 10-year plan for the forestry sector which outlines key activities that will be undertaken by the Agency to help build a vibrant, sustainable and climate resilient forest sector.

Mangroves in Portland

The Forestry Department is reporting a 95.5 percent decline in swamp forest and is calling on Jamaicans to start valuing and protecting the island’s wetland resources which serve to reduce the risk of flood damage to houses, businesses and roads.  

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