To become an effective Executive Agency in Jamaica; protecting and improving the forests ecosystems of Jamaica and ensuring the transfer of technical expertise to other Caribbean territories.
Manage government owned Forest Ecosystems; and encourage private participation in forestry according to national environmental policies.
The Goal of the Agency is: “Manage and conserve the forest ecosystems of Jamaica for the benefit of present and future generations.”
The Forestry Department is established and mandated by the Forest Act 1996 to:
- Support the sustainable management of forests on Crown lands in forest reserves and estates; and the effective conservation of the said forests;
- Direct and control the sustainable utilization of forest resources by the introduction of adequate systems for renewal of those resources;
- Implement the National Forest Management and Conservation Plan;
- Promote the development of forests on private lands.
- Promote, establish and maintain a forest research programme with a view to:
- Enhancing forest management and development;
- Identifying and obtaining silvicultural data to be used in improving financial yields of species important to the national economy;
- Ensuring reforestation of suitable lands;
- Establishing and promoting public education programmes to improve understanding of the contribution of forests to national well-being and national development;
- Establishing and maintaining recreational facilities in such forest estates as may be designated for that purpose;
- Promoting agroforestry and social forestry programmes for the benefit of farmers, schools and any other interested persons, or groups of persons;
- Determining, with the approval of the Minister, fees for licences or permits granted under the Act or any other services rendered by the Agency;
- Preparation of forest inventories and the demarcation and maintenance of forest boundaries;
- Control and supervision of the cutting, harvesting, milling and sale of timber and other forest produce;
- Granting of licences and permits under this Act;
- Compiling information and statistics concerning the use of timber and other forest produce;
- Taking steps to enforce compliance with the provisions of the Act.