The Forestry Department has been building the capacities of communities in and around forested areas to enable residents to effectively manage forest fires. The Agency has to date conducted six forest fire management training sessions in Bull Head, Clarendon; Spring Dunrobin, St. Thomas; Bellevue, Portland; and Content Gap, Bloxburgh and Flamstead in St. Andrew.
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Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Daryl Vaz, has lauded the dedication of the Dolphin Head forest reserve to the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy (QCC) stating that he hopes it will provide the necessary call to action to all citizens to prevent any further loss of forest cover and biodiversity.
In light of predictions for an active hurricane season, the Forestry Department is urging persons to inspect trees around their properties to ensure that they are able to withstand high winds and to employ the correct methods in pruning trees where necessary.
Silviculturist at the Forestry Department, Mr. Lawrence Nelson, is urging the public, especially those in the urban areas where trees may be growing close to buildings and houses, to begin pruning their trees now.
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.