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The Forestry Department will be observing National Tree Planting Day on Friday (Oct. 2) under the theme: ‘Invest in Forest, Invest in Life’.
Forestry Education Officer, Maxine Hinds-Dixon is encouraging persons from across Jamaica to participate in the day’s activities by planting a tree.
She also informed that seedlings, except for Christmas trees, will be made available free of cost, and interested persons can call the Forestry Department at 924-2667 or 924-2668.
Some of the seedlings that will be made available to the public include Cedar, Honduras Mahogany, Lignum Vitae, Pink Poui, Poinciana, Poor Man’s Orchid, Pride of Barbados and Willow.
Distribution of the seedlings which started on September 21, will continue until October 1, 2009. “We are encouraging persons to come in early to get their seedling, as persons will be served on a first come, first serve basis,” Mrs. Hinds- Dixon said.
Distribution points are located at the Forestry Department’s office at 173 Constant Spring Road in Kingston; the Williamsfield Nursery in Manchester; and the Moneague Nursery in St. Ann.
“We are targeting the schools, community-based organisations, non-governmental organisations, community groups, church groups, Government agencies and just about every Jamaican, who is interested in planting a tree on that day,” Mrs. Hinds-Dixon said.
“We are just encouraging persons to just come out and plant trees. Remember, you can plant trees for beautification and for conservation of our natural resources,” she added.
The Forestry Department, of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries is mandated to conserve and protect the island’s forests; to manage the forested watersheds and forest lands; to direct and control the exploitation of forest resources through the introduction of appropriate systems for the renewal of those resources; the promotion and regulation of forest industries, forest research, public education and forestry training and education.

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