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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.

Pieces  of seized Water Oak Lumber taken from the Lucky Valley Forest Estate in St. Andrew

The Forestry Department has increased its level of monitoring and patrolling in the Lucky Valley Forest Estate in St. Andrew with the aim of deterring individuals who may wish to carry out illegal cutting or other illicit activities. This follows the recent seizure of approximately five hundred and five (505) pieces of lumber in the area.