The significant development work
taking place in the local forest sector and the individuals guiding it were
celebrated by the Forestry Department (FD) on December 9, 2022 at the third Forest
Heroes Awards Banquet at the Terra Nova Hotel in Kingston.
Senator the Honourable Matthew Samuda, Minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation lauded “the great and inspiring work and contributions through time, efforts and accomplishments of community leaders, business enterprises, corporate entities, tree planters and youth for their achievements,” while speaking at the Banquet.
Noting that the Awards Banquet was the final event of the inaugural two-day
National Forestry Conference hosted by the Forestry Department in association
with the European Union, Minister Samuda said “these awards not only
acknowledge that good work is being done but that it is appreciated.”
Mr. Ainsley Henry, CEO and Conservator of Forest, concurred
noting that “the theme of the conference ‘Forestry as a Business’, as articulated
and demonstrated by presenters, participants and exhibitors, prove that
critical growth is taking place in the sector and the Forestry Department is
proud to be both facilitator and actor”.
Among the recipients of the
Lifetime Achievement Award at the Banquet were:
Mr. Lorrel Smith – Chair of the Dallas Castle Local Forest Management Committee
Ms. Sharon McLean- Chair of the Northern Rio Minho Local Forest Management
Mr. Phillip Thompson- Project Manager for the Buff Bay Local Forest Management
Mr. Herbert Foster- Chair of the South East Cockpit Country Local Forest
Ms. Marilyn Headley- Former CEO and Conservator of Forests.
The “Forest Champion Award” was won by Dr. Parvataneni Satyanarayana for exceptional contributions to the National Tree Planting Initiative through trees planted. At the same time, Bartley’s All In Wood captured the “Forestry Business Leader Award” for exceptional performance as a forest-based business.
Organizations were also honoured, including the Trees that Feed Foundation,
which was recognised as a Forest Hero in the NGO Category; the South East
Cockpit Country Local Forest Management Committee, which was recognised as a
forest hero in the LFMC category; and Private Forestry, Mr. Ricky Jackson.
The Jamaica Public Service
Company was awarded the forest hero award in the corporate category, Mrs
Petre Williams-Raynor in the Media and Public Education category and Ms
Jamila Falak James received the Youth in Forestry Award.
Certificates of Recognition were
awarded to Food for the Poor, Jamaica and the Hon. Robert Morgan, MP,
for outstanding contributions to the forest sector.
The Forest Heroes Award
recognises individuals and organisations for outstanding contributions to the
development of the forest sector in Jamaica and support for achieving the
Forestry Department’s (FD) mandate. The awards were first held in 2013 when the
Agency celebrated its 75th anniversary, it was again held in 2018 when the
Agency celebrated its 80th anniversary.
This third staging is among activities to celebrate the Agency’s 85th