PROJECT GOAL: To develop a Local Forest Management Plan for the Bull Head Forest Reserve.
PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The Bull Head Forest Reserve (BHFR) is in the Bull Head Mountain range that extends from western St. Catherine to northern Clarendon. The principal area of concern is in the Rio Minho Watershed Management Unit. The area is among those assessed as critical for forest management in Jamaica. The Bull Head Forest Reserve covers an area of 220.6 hectares with an elevation of over 4,000 feet (930 metres) and is the site of the trigonomic point that marks the geographic centre of Jamaica.
The Northern Rio Minho Local Forest Management Committee (NRMLFMC) requires a Local Forest Management Plan (LFMP) for the BHFR to sustainably manage its forest resources and implement a vision for the area to be developed as an eco-tourism site.
This comprehensive Management Plan will detail measures for sustainable use, conservation and protection of natural resources of the BHFR and will enable the NRMLFMC to create a model of sustainable participatory forest management in collaboration with the Forestry Department. The LFMP will inform the community on how to prevent actions that are detrimental to the forests and will include a management option for timber harvesting to include a replanting schedule in the BHFR.
The NRMFMC has members from over 23 communities in Northern Clarendon. It will be these communities which will be the beneficiaries of the project. The members of the communities will ‘own’ and share in the management of the forest resources. The LFMP will identify the benefits which can include:
- Community participation in sustainable timber harvesting
- The building of capacity of the community members
- Establishing agro-forestry stands for economic harvesting of produce;
- Eco-tourism project which will provide occupations for tour and trail guides, forest wardens, forest keepers, craft and curio makers etc.