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.
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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.
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.
Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Robert Pickersgill is calling for a more sustainable use of the country’s forest resources. He says Jamaica’s forest resources have been negatively affected by the activities of individuals and corporations. These activities, he says, include mining and quarrying for ore, housing and other forms of development, as well as agriculture.