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Forest Conservation Fund

Call for Concept Notes - 2011
Funded Projects
Dallas Forest Conservation Project
Jamaica Tree Growers Association
Dolphin Head Forest Conservation
Native Plant Species of the Negril Great Morass
Forest Conservation in the Blue Mountains
Forest Reserve at Cinchona in the Yallahs Watershed
Bull Head Forest Reserve Development Project
Buff Bay Agroforestry Project


Also see Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park in the Interactive Virtual Tour section.

Forest Conservation Fund > Funded Projects > Forest Conservation in the Blue Mountains

PROJECT TITLE: Forest Conservation in the Blue Mountains

IMPLEMENTING ORGANIZATION: Jamaica Conservation and Development Trust

PROJECT TYPE: Long Term

PROJECT DURATION: 4 YEARS

PROJECT BUDGET:  J $ 12,496,005
View of Catherine's Peak in 2007.  This site is slated for restoration.
View of Catherine's Peak in 2007. This site is slated for restoration.

PROJECT GOAL: The goal of the project is to contribute to the rehabilitation of degraded and deforested areas within the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park and John Crow Mountains Forest Reserve.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The area where the Upper Yallahs River Watershed and the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park/Forest Reserve intersect has been recognized as a high priority intervention site in the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park Management Plan 2005-2010.   The northern boundary of the Yallahs watershed adjoins the grand ridge of the Blue Mountains, and this area possesses unique ecosystems that are confined to very small areas, such as the Mor Ridge forest and montane summit savannah.  The area contains some 100 threatened endemic plants, for which no specific conservation effort exists. 

Encroachment has been increasing steadily, and has almost reached the very summit of the Blue Mountains. With approximately 100 ha of lands most of which is steeper than 250 lacking forest cover contrary to the recommendation of the National Forest Management and Conservation Plan. In these areas, land use consists of agriculture, timber plantations, residences, and degraded and ruinate forest overrun by invasive alien species.  Deforestation is increasing the potential for soil erosion, reducing stream flows in dry seasons, and exacerbating flooding in rainy seasons, while the overgrowth of invasive species is reducing biological diversity and habitat for wildlife.

PROJECT OUTPUTS:

  • 28 ha of Park/Forest Reserve land and lands in the surrounding 1 km buffer zone rehabilitated using a combination of controlling invasive alien plant species and replanting with native forest trees
  • Propagation and establishment of at least 10 native forest species including at least 3 species of the approximately 100 threatened endemic plants which the Park contains
  • To obtain in field/on the job training in conservation management from scientists conducting research in the park
The nursery at Holywell.
The nursery at Holywell.
Plants being cultivated at the nursery at Holywell.
Plants being cultivated at the nursery at Holywell.
Nursery worker at Holywell.
Nursery worker at Holywell.
Plant at Catherine's Peak plot.
Plant at Catherine's Peak plot.