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Persons who operate sawmills or trade in or store locally produced lumber will now be required to be licenced by the Forestry Department. This requirement was announced at the launch of the sawmill licensing programme held at the Hotel Four Seasons on Wednesday, September 10. 

This initiative forms part of a move by the Forestry Department to regulate the local sawmilling industry. 

Forest Reserve

The Forestry Department has recommended the declaration of some 13 areas as forest reserves, as the Agency moves to provide greater protection for forest areas across the island. 

The Agency published a notice on August 22, notifying the public of its intention and also inviting them to submit their comments about the proposed sites by November 19, 2014

You may submit comments by emailing them to fdinfo@forestry.gov.jm

Mrs. Cheryl McLeod, agroforestry specialist on the JaREEACH project shares information about some of the project achievements during the recently held closing ceremony.

A reforestation initiative funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for the Stephney-John’s Vale forest reserve is now in the final stages of implementation by the Forestry Department.  

Over 300 hundred farmers and residents living in and around the Stephney-John’s Vale Forest Reserve received training in the proper use and application of pesticides, as part of capacity building workshops held recently by the Forestry Department.

The workshops were held as part of the sustainable livelihoods component of the Jamaica Rural Ecosystems Adapting to Climate Change (Ja REEACH) reforestation initiative being implemented in the Stephney-John’s Vale Forest Reserve and sought to sensitize residents in four communities during May.

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