News and Events

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.

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.

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