Heroes of the forest

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

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In celebration of its 80th anniversary year, the Forestry Department yesterday made awards in eight categories to individuals and organisations who have made outstanding contributions to the development of the forest sector in Jamaica and have supported the department in achieving its mandate. Forest Heroes Awards went to William Masterton, Private Forestry; Roger Turner, Land Declaration Programme; Windsor Research Centre, Environmental Non-Governmental Organisation; MultiCare Youth Foundation, Non-Governmental Organisation; Kimone Thompson, Media; Lasco Releaf Environmental Awareness Programme, Public Education; JMMB, Corporate Partner; and Planning Institute of Jamaica, State Partner.

Certificates of recognition were presented to Constitution Hill Local Forest Management Committee in the category Community-based Organisation; and to Jamaica Public Service and Scotiabank in the Corporate Partner category.

The awards, represented by a handcrafted yellow and green leaf from mahogany mounted on a base made from oak and accompanied by a citation, were presented at lunch at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel.

It was the department's second staging of the awards, the first done in observance of its 75th anniversary, in 2013.

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