MASSIVE TREE-PLANTING PROGRAM PLANNED.
Jamaica's Forestry Department is planning to plant 2,000
hectares of trees by the year 2000, reports CANA (May 28, 1998). The
Forestry Department said its private planting program will offer
seedlings and technical advice to landowners who would like to plant
trees on their property. Thus far 206 persons with 1,518.43 hectares of
land have been registered and 13,060 Blue Mahoe, Jamaican Mahogany,
Honduras Mahogany, Cedar, Spanish Elm and Caribbean Pine seedlings have
been distributed. There is growing concern here at the rapid rate of
deforestation which has seriously damaged watershed areas and caused
extensive soil erosion.