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PAVE Centre uses Forest as Remedial Tool to help Unattached Youth

Among the many benefits of trees and forests is their ability to reduce stress, lower blood pressure, improve th...

COVID-19 pandemic: an opportunity for job creation in the forest sector

Highlighting the importance of forest in the region, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), and country re...

Jamaica calls for increased climate-related funding opportunities for women and youth

Increasing opportunities for women and youth to access funding for climate change activities were among the inte...

Tips for improving the growth of your trees

How are your potted Cupressus plants doing? Are they growing well for the fast-approaching Christmas season? If ...

Forestry Department’s CEO now President of Regional Forestry Commission

Mr. Ainsley A. Henry, CEO & Conservator of Forests, has been elected as the new president of the Latin-American ...

Jamaica to host regional forestry conference

Jamaica will host the 32nd session of the Latin America and the Caribbean Forestry Commission (LACFC) from Septe...

Forestry Department to Increase Seedling Production Capacity

The Forestry Department is constructing three (3) shade houses to increase its seedling production capacity to m...

Forestry Department tests environmentally-friendly bags in it’s nursery operations

The Forestry Department is moving to make its seedling production process more environmentally friendly as the A...

Over 400 trees planted for Earth Day

Over 400 trees were planted in sections of Clarendon, St. Andrew, St. Catherine and St. Ann on April 22 in obser...

Man Plants 400 Acres of Forest in Portland

With a last name that literally translates to ‘mountain peak’, it is no wonder that Dr. Satyanarayana Parvatanen...

Doctor Plants 130,000 Trees towards Three Million Trees Goal

Since the launch of the National Tree Planting Initiative (NTPI) by the Most Honourable Prime Minister Andrew Ho...

Over 70 trees planted at Correctional Centres

The Forestry Department has kicked off a partnership with the Ministry of National Security to plant trees at co...

Ground-Truthing Exercise for the Boundary of the Area to be Protected as Cockpit Countr...

The Forestry Department has completed the ground-truthing activity for the boundary of the area to be protected ...

Forestry Department Distributes 80 Trees for World Wildlife Day

The Forestry Department has distributed 80 trees to be planted at five (5) schools in observance of World Wildli...

Forestry Department Launches #MyTreeLegacy Promotion

The Forestry Department today launched its latest promotion in support of the National Tree Planting Initiative,...

Forestry Department urges sawmill operators to get regularised

The Forestry Department is urging sawmill operators to become regularised or run the risk of being prosecuted an...

Mangrove Forests- A Lesson on Resilience

Inland mangroves are proving more likely to recover and survive changes in their environment once anthropogenic ...

Food for the Poor to Plant One Million Fruit and Timber Trees

The Forestry Department has secured a commitment to plant one million fruit and timber trees over the next three...

Forestry Department Clamps Down on Illegal Activities

Two men have been found guilty of breaches of the Forest Act (1996), and Forest Regulations (2001), as the Fores...

Alternative Livelihood Projects: Indicator 4- EU Budget Support Programme

For most Jamaicans, the buzz of bees is often met with the instinct to run away. However, in the rural community...

Man fined $150,000 for breaches of the Forest Act

Mr. Leroy Brown, a resident of a Faiths Pen address in St. Ann was found guilty of carrying on forest industry a...

Forestry Department Urges Jamaicans to Plant Trees to Promote Health and Wellness

The Forestry Department is urging every Jamaican to plant at least one tree on October 2, 2020. This call is bei...

Manchester Man Plants 2000 Bitter Damsel Trees

Do you know the saying, ‘necessity is the mother of invention’? Well, this statement proved true for Martin Brow...

Solutions lie in our Forests

Forests are more than trees, they are an interdependent community of plants, animals and other organisms. Approx...

Cockpit Country: Jamaica’s Treasure Trove of Biological Diversity

Stretched along the west-central coast of Jamaica, lies the island’s largest contiguous area of natural, mainly ...

Where Land Meets the Sea: Mangrove Ecosystems Protecting Our Coasts and Marine Life

Mangrove forests have in the past fallen victim to competing land uses, with some of the major threats to their ...

Watering Dreams: Primary School Benefits from Water Harvesting Structure

Students and teachers at the Duanvale Primary SChool, Trelawny are a shower of rain away from experiencing the f...

Forestry Dept. on Track to Achieve EU Targets

The Acting CEO & Conservator of Forests, Ms. Rainee Oliphant says the Forestry Department is on track to achieve...

Thousands of trees distributed under 3 Million Trees Planting Initiative

Over 85,000 seedlings have been distributed and 57 hectares planted in forest estates across the island under th...

The Forestry Department receives J$128 million from the EU to increase efficiency, sust...

Jamaica's push to become an efficient player in the Green Economy is set to receive a major boost through a €850...

Sawyers LMFC Establishes Automatic Weather Station

The Sawyers Local Forest Management Committee (LFMC) has established an automatic weather station which presiden...

Private Forestry Programme: 5 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

The Private Forestry Programme is an initiative of the Forestry Department aimed at encouraging private landowne...

Corporate entities make pledges towards 3 million trees initiative

Two corporate entities have made pledges to contribute to the Government of Jamaica's National Tree Planting Ini...

Forestry Department encourages Jamaicans to 'plant yuh owna tree'

The Forestry Department is encouraging all Jamaicans to give back to their communities by planting trees on Nati...

First boundary monument installed in area to be protected as Cockpit Country

The first permanent boundary monument, delineating the area to be declared protected as the Cockpit Country has ...

Over 17,000 Trees Distributed for Labour Day

The Forestry Department has distributed over 17,700 seedlings in observation of Labour Day 2017 and is urging pe...

Forestry Department now Assessing Mangrove and Swamp Forests Island Wide

The Forestry Department has commenced its assessment of 7,000 hectares of mangrove forests across Jamaica as the...

Jamaica’s REDD+ Journey Gets Financial Boost

Jamaica’s journey to REDD+ readiness has been made easier through the receipt of funds under the Green Climate F...

Plant Trees to Mitigate Climate Change- Forestry Department

As Jamaica marches closer to a predicted state of climate departure, the Forestry Department is urging Jamaicans...

Forestry Department Urges Public to Prune Trees this Hurricane Season

In light of predictions for an active hurricane season, the Forestry Department is urging persons to inspect tre...

Men Fined for Operating Without Sawmill Licences

Two men have been fined after they were found guilty of operating without a sawmill licence when they appeared i...

Forestry Department to hold Public Consultations on National Forest Management and Cons...

The Forestry Department will be hosting a series of public consultations across the island to get feedback from ...

Wetlands on the Decline, Jamaicans Urged to Value and Protect its Resources

The Forestry Department is reporting a 95.5 percent decline in swamp forest and is calling on Jamaicans to start...

Dolphin Head Forest Reserve dedicated to Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy (QCC)

Jamaica has dedicated the Dolphin Head forest reserve to be a part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy (QCC) proj...

Minister Chang Urges Jamaicans to Plant Trees and Protect Forests

Minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Honourable Dr. Horace Chang, is ...

JMMB Adopts Over 2 Hectares of Land to Establish Forest Cover

The Forestry Department has partnered with the Jamaica Money Market Brokers (JMMB) Group for the establishment o...

Over 2000 trees planted for Earth Day 2016

The Forestry Department has partnered with several organizations across the island to plant more than 2000 trees...

Forestry Department Using Ground-Breaking Technology to Grow Tree Seedlings

The Forestry Department is leading the region in the production of the most diverse assortment of forest species...

Jamaica's forest cover increases, quality decreases

The Forestry Department announced that even though there was a national increase in forest cover, there was sign...

Forests Central to People's Needs and Climate Action

The sustainable management and conservation of forests must be considered in the design and implementation of th...