News for March 2014

A forest management plan to ensure the conservation and protection of the Stephney-John’s Vale Forest Reserve, in St. Ann and Clarendon, is to be completed in March. This was announced by Marilyn Headley, CEO & Conservator of Forests who was speaking on behalf of Honourable Robert Pickersgill, Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change who was unavoidably absent. She was speaking at the launch of the Stephney, Hessen Castle and Grants Mountain Local Forest Management Committees (LFMCs) at the Hessen Castle True Church of God Apostolic.

A reforestation initiative funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for the Stephney-John’s Vale forest reserve is to be undertaken in the next few months. 

The project titled Jamaica Rural Economy & Eco Systems Adapting to Climate Change (Ja REEACH) Reforestation initiative which is being implemented by ACDI/VOCA was launched at a ceremony at the Hessen Castle True Church of God Apostolic on Wednesday, March 26.

Marilyn Headley, CEO & Conservator of Forests (right) presents Roxanne Branford from Bellefield High School with the first place award at the  awards ceremony held at Devon House on Friday, March 21.

Roxanne Brandford, a ninth grade student of Bellefield High School in Manchester won the Forestry Department/ JaREEACH Schools’ Poetry Competition with her entry titled, “Forestry”. 

Brandford received the top prize of a laptop computer sponsored by the Jamaica Rural Economy & Ecosystems Adapting to Climate Change (JaREEACH) project during the prize-giving ceremony held at the Devon House on Friday, March 21 which was observed as International Day of Forests.