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The Forestry Department has partnered with several organizations across the island to plant more than 2000 trees in observance of Earth Day 2016 on Friday, April 22, 2016. The tree planting activities were in keeping with this year’s theme, “Trees for Earth”.

These tree planting activities which involved several companies, schools and non-government organizations, started as early as Tuesday and will continue until Saturday following Earth Day. The trees, all provided by the Forestry Department, were planted at various schools, churches and forest estates.

The Forestry Department is an Agency of the newly formed Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation (MEGJC). This Ministry is charged with drafting the blueprint to drive economic growth and sustainable development in Jamaica. 

The Ministry has responsibility for seven (7) critical portfolio areas.

They are: Land, Environment, Climate Change, Investment, Water and Wastewater, Housing and Works.  

The Political Directorate of the Ministry is headed by the Prime Minister,  the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, O.N., M.P.

Pieces  of seized Blue Mahoe Lumber in the Fergis Ramsay Forest Reserve in St. Ann

The Forestry Department has seized 855 pieces of Blue Mahoe lumber valued at more than $600,000 in the Fergis Ramsay Forest Reserve in St. Ann, making it the Agency’s second largest lumber haul since January 2010.

Side view of the Shade House located at the Forestry Department's Head Office.

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

Senior Research Officer at the Forestry Department, Brahim Diop, says this is a ground breaking move as shade house technology is normally used for the production of flowers, annuals and vegetables and is not being used anywhere else in the region to grow forest seedlings. With the technology, the Agency is currently able to produce over forty (40) forests, ornamental and fruit tree species.

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