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Forestry Department staff of 1942

The Forestry Department is the Executive Agency charged with managing and conserving Jamaica’s forest resources, particularly those found on Crown Lands. The organisation’s history started in 1937 when Jamaica’s Forest law was passed leading to the creation of the Forest Branch in the Lands Department.  The Forest Branch was transferred to the Department of Agriculture and became the Forest Division in 1938 and in 1942 the Forest Department was created. Between 1938 and 1942, the framework for an island-wide forestry service was built.

Head of the European Union Delegation to Jamaica, Ambassador Malgorzata Wasilewska, brings greeting during the Forestry Department’s Forest Forum on International Day of Forests, at Terra Nova Hotel on March 21.

The Forestry Department is set to benefit from a budget support programme of approximately $2.5 billion from the 11th European Development Fund. The money will be used to assist with the implementation of the Forest Policy for Jamaica (2017) and the supporting National Forest Management and Conservation Plan, 2016-2026.

The programme, “Addressing Environmental and Climate Change Challenges through Improved Forest Management for Jamaica”, will be done over a four year period, and is slated to start in April 2018.

The Forestry Department is targeting secondary and tertiary level students to enter its Mural Competition as part of its 80th Anniversary celebrations and public awareness campaign for Closed Broadleaf Forests.

The competition is centered around two themes, “Closed Broadleaf Forests; Precious but threatened” for students in tertiary institutions and the Agency’s 80th anniversary theme, “80 Years of GROWTH; Safeguarding Our Future”, for secondary school students.

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.