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The Forestry Department is urging Jamaicans to take decisive steps to secure a healthy and environmentally safe future for Jamaica by planting more trees this National Tree Planting Day.

National Tree Planting Day will be observed on Friday, October 6, under the theme, “Today’s Trees, Tomorrow’s Future”.

Director of the Forestry Department’s Eastern Zone, Mr. Damart Williams, addressing residents of Bloxburgh, St. Andrew during a forest fire management training session.

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.                                                                                           

The plaque that has been erected in the Dolphin Head forest reserve to mark its dedication to the Queen's Commonwealth Canopy.

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.

Silviculturist at the Forestry Department, Mr. Lawrence Nelson, demonstrating how to properly prune a tree.

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.