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FORESTRY DEPARTMENT’S 80TH ANNIVERSARY FEATURE |

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SUNDAY, MAY 20, 2018

I

F 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

organisation responsible for the

management and conservation of the

country’s forest resources. The functions of

the agency are mandated under the Forest

Act 1996 and are aimed at managing

forests on a sustainable basis to maintain

and increase the environmental services

and economic benefits they provide.

FORESTRY DEPARTMENT’S CORE FUNCTIONS

The agency has several functions, but

our core activities include:

National and local forest management

and conservation planning

Management of the forest estates

Forest licences and permits

management

Legal services and enforcement

Strategic planning, policy guidance, and

project development

Forestry-related information and

services

Corporate management

Internal audit

Public education

WHAT WE DO

Our core functions include:

Conducting scientific assessments of

Jamaica’s forest resources

Preparing forest management plans

Conducting reforestation programmes

on public and private lands

Managing plantations and naturals forests

Developing tree nurseries

Promoting agroforestry practices

Engaging in public education

Providing forest extension services

Providing recreational facilities

Creating GIS mapping products

Learn more about the Forestry

Department’s work and activities by visiting

our website at

www.forestry.gov.jm

.

T

HE ‘LAND of Wood and

Water’, Jamaica, the land

we love, could not have

held on to this claim without the

efforts of the Forestry

Department to preserve these

God-given resources.

In commemoration of

the agency’s 80th

anniversary, it is

important for

us to

acknowledge

that our

forest is an

indispensable

part of our

earth’s

ecological

system.

Therefore, 80 years

of service to Jamaica

aimed at managing forests on a

sustainable basis to maintain and

increase the benefits they

provide cannot be overlooked.

Your theme, ‘80 Years of

Growth: Safeguarding our

Future’, strongly represents the

fulfilment of your organisation’s

mandate to protect and

conserve the forest resources of

Jamaica for the benefit of

present and future generations.

Since its establishment in

1937, the Forestry Department

has been committed to

educating the public about the

values of the forest beyond

producing timber and the

myriad environmental protection

functions and important

aesthetic, cultural, scientific and

historical values.

ACTIVE ENGAGEMENT

I use this

opportunity to

commend the

Forestry

Department for

actively engaging

Jamaicans through

initiatives such as

the annual ‘National

Tree Planting Day’.

These initiatives remind

all stakeholders, whether

state agencies, private-sector

entities, or our country’s

citizens, that they play a critical

role in the process of protecting

the nation’s forest resources.

I also extend best wishes for

the execution of the year-long

celebratory events and

activities geared at educating

Jamaicans about your agency

and its works.

Happy 80th anniversary!

SIR PATRICK ALLEN

Governor General

MESSAGE

ABOUT THE FORESTRY DEPARTMENT

Protecting Ja’s

valuable resources

Managing Jamaica’s

forests for the benefit of all

Members of

the Forestry

Department

conduct field

assessment

in a forest

estate in

Moneague,

St Ann, in

1963.