Our Agency

If on hearing the word ‘Forestry’, you immediately thought, ‘Trees’ or ‘Greenery’, you would have correctly guessed the core function of Jamaica’s Forestry Department.

The Agency is the Government organization responsible for the management and conservation of the country’s forest resources.

Welcome To The Forestry Department

The Forestry Department is the lead Agency responsible for the island's forest resources. We manage approximately 117,000 hectares of forests in Jamaica.

The Government's lead agency in the protection and conservation of the island's forest resources.

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National Tree Planting Initiative

The National Tree Planting Initiative to plant three million trees in three years was launched by the Most Honorable Prime Minister Andrew Holness on October 4, 2019. The objective of the Initiative is to support national development in the areas of climate change and reforestation efforts to increase forest cover and establish high value urban green spaces for all Jamaicans.

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Our Services

Forest Trek

We provide a yearly forest hike called Forest Trek, usually held in March. The forest areas visited vary each year.

Training Facility

Our training facility is located at our Constant Spring Road headquarters, minutes from Half-Way-Tree and Manor Park

GIS Services

We can Georeference your digital maps and aerial photos, Convert or scan your paper maps and geospatial images to a preferred digital format and so much more.

Permits and Licences

In order to effectively manage and protect Jamaica's forest resources, the Agency has implemented a system of permits and licences.

Our Products


Our four nurseries across the island provide seedlings for the Agency's use, as well as for sale to the general public.

Potted Plants

You asked and we listened, stop by one of our nurseries and purchase one of our potted plants today.

Rental of Palms

We rent palms for events including weddings and parties. We have a variety of palms at very competitive prices.

Pine Cones

Natural and coloured Pine cones are available for sale during October-December yearly. They are ideal Christmas decorations for the home, offices and special events.

Christmas Trees

The Agency provides cut natural Christmas trees during the festive season for home and office décor at $800 per foot.

Manual of Dendrology

Dendrology is defined as the scientific study of trees, and our Manual of Dendrology is an essential tool for anyone interested in learning more about forest trees.

Standing Timber

Timber species are available for harvesting from our forest plantations located in most parishes.

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Over 1200 seedlings planted for NTPD 2021

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Jamaica to benefit from CityAdapt project

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Over 13 hectares of forests destroyed by fire in less than two months

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Frequently Asked Questions

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The Forestry Department was designated as an Executive Agency in May 2010.
The Land Use Assessment of 2013, revealed that approximately 40 per cent or 439, 937.8 hectares of the island is covered by forests.
This is up from the 30 per cent reported in 1998 Land Use Assessment.
The purpose of the National Forest Management and Conservation Plan (NFMCP) is the sector plan for the forest sector that seeks to promote the development of the sector and the conservation and sustainable use of the forest resources of the country to meet local and national needs. This is achieved through the protection, management and restoration of the forest resources for the benefit of present and future generations. This ten-year plan has been prepared in accordance with the provisions of the Forest Act of 1996. This plan was widely distributed and presented to the public in a series of well-attended meetings and workshops where feedback was sought before the plan was finalised. The Plan has been approved by both houses of Parliament and is now being utilized in guiding the operations of the Forestry Department and the development of the forest sector.
A Local Forest Management Committee (LFMC) is the institutional body created in watersheds management units to enable the participation of the communities in the co-management of forested areas (specifically those managed by the Forestry Department. The formation of Local Forest Management Committees (LFMCs) is provided for by the Forest Act, 1996 and is an integral component of the "Community Participation" strategy of the Agency.
National Tree Planting Day is observed on the first Friday in October of each year.