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Today's trees, tomorrow's future

Forestry Department giving away seedlings to urge J'cans to plant trees Record youth turnout for Hellshire Bay Beach clean-up

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

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National Tree Planting Day will be observed on Friday, October 6. Under the theme, 'Today's Trees, Tomorrow's Future', the Forestry Department is urging Jamaicans to take decisive steps to secure a healthy and environmentally safe future for Jamaica by planting more trees this day.

CEO and Conservator of Forests Marilyn Headley says the future of Jamaica depends on what Jamaicans do today and she is calling on citizens to start playing their part to help Jamaica achieve and maintain a healthy natural environment.

“A healthy natural environment is the foundation for progress and development and the future of our country is dependent on this. Forests and trees play a very critical role in achieving this Vision 2030 goal by protecting our watersheds, keeping our soil intact, protecting our coasts and businesses from the effects of storm surges, cleaning our air as well as mitigating against the impacts of climate change,” said Headley.

She added that trees and forests also play a critical role in the achievement of the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals, which are aimed at protecting the planet and improving the lives of individuals now and into the future.

“If those before us didn't plant trees back then to secure our future, I cannot imagine the world we would live in now,” continued Headley.

Principal of Calabar High School Albert Corcho is pleased that the institution was chosen to host this year's National Tree Planting Day main ceremony and national project.

“At Calabar, we value trees and the role they play in our environment and our lives and we have always recognised the importance of playing our part in planting trees, which we have been doing over the years. We look forward to nurturing the trees that will be entrusted in our care to ensure that in the future our boys will reap and enjoy the benefits,” he said.

Other National Tree Planting Day projects will be carried out at Newell High School, St Elizabeth; St Hilda's Diocesan High School, St Ann; and Buff Bay Vocational Training Centre, Portland.

In the meantime, the Forestry Department will be giving away an assortment of timber and ornamental tree seedlings. Individuals may visit the department's nurseries at 173 Constant Spring Road; Moneague, St Ann, adjacent to the Jamaica Defence Force camp; and Williamsfield, Manchester, to collect seedlings for tree-planting projects. Distribution will continue until Friday, October 13; however, there will be no distribution on Friday, October 6 to facilitate tree- planting activities in observance of the day.

National Tree Planting Day is aimed at promoting the value of forests and trees, while providing an opportunity for everyone to contribute to increasing the island's forest cover and beautifying the surroundings by planting trees.

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