Sawmill operators complying with licensing regulations - Forestry Department
The Forestry Department is reporting that sawmill operators are complying with regulations for them to license their milling operations.
Legal Officer at the department, Rainee Oliphant, says the response to the requirement for persons to come in and license their operations has been encouraging.
She reportedly told a JIS Think Tank that the department has so far received 90 applications and generated over 70 licences.
The sawmill licensing regime, which falls under the Forest Regulations, is aimed at regulating the island’s sawmilling industry as well as providing greater protection for the country’s forests.
Under the licensing system, which became effective in January, persons who intend to operate sawmills must receive a licence from the Forestry Department.
The application fee is $15,000 and once granted, the licence is valid for one calendar year, after which it must be renewed.
Businesses and individuals can be fined or prosecuted if they o not have a licence to operate a sawmill.
However, Oliphant notes that the focus is on persons who are engaged in cutting trees on a commercial basis.