Forestry Department (Jamaica)
Jamaica: a country where we value our forest ecosystem and use its resources in a responsible manner.
Manage our forests in an effective and responsible manner for the benefit of current and future generations.
The Goal of the Agency is: “Manage and conserve the forest ecosystems of Jamaica for the benefit of present and future generations.”
The Forestry Department is established and mandated by the Forest Act 1996 to:
Support the sustainable management of forests on Crown lands in forest reserves and estates; and the effective conservation of the said forests;
Direct and control the sustainable utilization of forest resources by the introduction of adequate systems for renewal of those resources;
Implement the National Forest Management and Conservation Plan;
Promote the development of forests on private lands.
Promote, establish and maintain a forest research programme with a view to:
Enhancing forest management and development;
Identifying and obtaining silvicultural data to be used in improving financial yields of species important to the national economy;
Ensuring reforestation of suitable lands;
Establishing and promoting public education programmes to improve understanding of the contribution of forests to national well-being and national development;
Establishing and maintaining recreational facilities in such forest estates as may be designated for that purpose;
Promoting agroforestry and social forestry programmes for the benefit of farmers, schools and any other interested persons, or groups of persons;
Determining, with the approval of the Minister, fees for licences or permits granted under the Act or any other services rendered by the Agency;
Preparation of forest inventories and the demarcation and maintenance of forest boundaries;
Control and supervision of the cutting, harvesting, milling and sale of timber and other forest produce;
Granting of licences and permits under this Act;
Compiling information and statistics concerning the use of timber and other forest produce;
Taking steps to enforce compliance with the provisions of the Act.