The Forestry Department has partnered with the Jamaica Money Market Brokers (JMMB) Group for the establishment of forest cover in the Silent Hill Forest Estate in Manchester. The project, which was executed under the Agency’s Adopt-a-Hillside Programme, saw the planting of 1,331 tree seedlings on 2.43 hectares of land. The species planted were Cedar, Jamaican Mahogany, Bitter Damsel, Blue Mahoe and Caribbean Pine.
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The Forestry Department has partnered with several organizations across the island to plant more than 2000 trees in observance of Earth Day 2016 on Friday, April 22, 2016. The tree planting activities were in keeping with this year’s theme, “Trees for Earth”.
These tree planting activities which involved several companies, schools and non-government organizations, started as early as Tuesday and will continue until Saturday following Earth Day. The trees, all provided by the Forestry Department, were planted at various schools, churches and forest estates.
The Forestry Department is an Agency of the newly formed Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation (MEGJC). This Ministry is charged with drafting the blueprint to drive economic growth and sustainable development in Jamaica.
The Ministry has responsibility for seven (7) critical portfolio areas.
They are: Land, Environment, Climate Change, Investment, Water and Wastewater, Housing and Works.
The Political Directorate of the Ministry is headed by the Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, O.N., M.P.
The Forestry Department has seized 855 pieces of Blue Mahoe lumber valued at more than $600,000 in the Fergis Ramsay Forest Reserve in St. Ann, making it the Agency’s second largest lumber haul since January 2010.