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Forestry Department urges increased tree planting in urban areas

Published:Monday | October 5, 2015 | 10:44 AM
Several groups planted trees across the island last Friday in celebration of National Tree Planting Day.

The Forestry Department is urging persons to plant more trees in urban centers across the island to help reduce the carbon dioxide emission in those areas.

Several groups planted trees across the island last Friday in celebration of National Tree Planting Day. 

The department says with hundreds of hectares of forests affected by fires since the start of the year, persons living in and around these areas should assist with replanting.

Chief Executive Officer and Conservator of Forests at the department, Marilyn Headley, says this is critical considering the urgent need to implement measures to mitigate against the climate change impacts.

Chief Executive Officer and Conservator of Forests at the department, Marilyn Headley.

Headley notes that Jamaica’s forests play a major role in reducing the amount of greenhouse gases in the environment as trees naturally absorb carbon dioxide.

She says the Agency remains committed to managing and conserving the island’s forest resources.

However, she says every Jamaican has a role to play in the effort.