CEO & Conservator of Forests, Miss Marilyn Headley, has received special recognition for the transformative role she has played in the Forestry Department’s 80 year history and for being the first female and longest serving Conservator of Forests.
She was recognised and awarded at the Agency’s Biennial Staff Awards and Launch of its 80th Anniversary at the Knutsford Hotel on Friday, October 8, 2017.
In a Citation read at the awards ceremony, Ms. Headley is credited for having rebuilt and upgraded the technical capacity of the Agency and for contributing to the successful establishment of most of the plantation cover we benefit from today.
Ms. Headley has guided the Agency through the development of its first and now second National Forest Management and Conservation Plans forthe Forest Sector, the completion of The Forest Policy in 2016 and the first and second scientific national assessments of the state of Jamaica’s forest cover.
“She also steered the Agency through its most challenging exercise, that of transitioning into an Executive Agency. More recently she negotiated the inclusion of the Agency’s essential forest assets in the newly announced Cockpit Country Protected Area,” the citation read.
She is also hailed for her work in the local and regional forest sectors, receiving a number of awards for her outstanding work including Order of Distinction, Officer Class for her outstanding contribution to nation building in 2014; and the Gabriel Charles Award for her dedication and service to the island’s forests, at the 16th Caribbean Foresters Meeting in 2013.
She has served in several capacities including: the Board of Governors of the Commonwealth Forestry Association, former Chairman of the Caribbean Natural Resources Institute, Trinidad and Tobago; Chairman of the Oversight Committee for the Forest Conservation Fund, Jamaica and Chairman of the Protected Areas Committee, Jamaica.