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Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries

Forest Management Section

The Forest Management Section of the Forestry Division comprises two units, viz. the Utilization Unit and the Silviculture Unit.

1. SILVICULTURE UNIT

The Silviculture Unit is responsible for the establishment and tending of forest crops, from the collection and sowing of seeds, until the trees in the final crop are ready for harvesting. This includes the following:

  • NURSERY MANAGEMENT
    1. Production of forest tree seedlings in support of the Division’s reforestation, agro-forestry, amenity planting.
    2. Production of forest tree seedlings in support of the Division’s extension service to private landowners.
    3. Encourage and promote Private Forestry initiatives.
  • FOREST PLANTATIONS
    1. To generate revenue from the thinnings and harvesting of mature trees.
    2. To promote investment by private landowners into planting forest tree species as an economic crop.
    3. To provide a database on forest plantation species for educational and research purposes.
    4. To provide a measure of wildlife and watershed protection respectively.
  • REFORESTATION
    1. Reforest degraded and logged-over State Land.
    2. To provide protection of critical watersheds.
    3. To provide protection for wildlife in terms of habitat and food.
    4. To mitigate against soil erosion in critical areas especially after public road construction.
    5. To provide adequate biodiversity sustenance.
  • AGRO-FORESTRY/FORESTRY EXTENSION
    1. To actively promote agro-forestry as an effective land management system to private landowners.

2. FOREST UTILIZATION UNIT

Mahogany forest

The Forest Utilization Unit is responsible for every aspect of lumber production, from the time the tree is harvested to the sale of the seasoned wood. The Unit undertakes tree felling, lumber production, seasoning, and sale to the general public, and provides chainsaw services to some Government agencies.

    • Promotion of Underutilised Timber Species by dissemination of information and participating in Trade Promotions/Exhibitions.
    • Monitor and Provide Technical Advice on all forest utilisation operations on State Lands.
    • Salvaging Operations on State Lands as a consequence of Hurricane Impacts and potential land use change (particularly proposed Housing Settlement).
    • Harvesting of utilizable timber from Forest Plantations in order to produce of lumber thereby generate revenue for the State; lumber for furniture purposes. Lumber sold to the general public.
    • Production of lumber to facilitate maintenance of Forestry, National Parks and other Ecotourism sites; i.e. lumber for heavy construction purposes.
    • Provisions of Tree-Felling/Pruning Operations on behalf of the state to Governmental and Charitable organizations.
    • Collect/collate data on primary forest products such as Sawn Lumber, Charcoal, Fuel Wood, Round wood.
    • Promote sustainable utilisation of Timber Resources on Private lands by liaising with interested Land Owners.