NROCC to replant trees after MoBay Perimeter Road is built
The Forestry Department and the National Road Operating and Constructing Company (NROCC) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to reforest land in St James to restore tree cover that may be affected during the construction of the greatly anticipated Montego Bay Perimeter Road project.
The reforestation agreement represents a proactive approach by NROCC to begin the process of restoring tree cover even before any roadwork has commenced.
Major components of the Montego Bay Perimeter Road project include a 15-kilometre Montego Bay bypass road from Ironshore to Bogue Road, and the Long Hill bypass, which involves the construction of approximately 11 kilometres of highway from Montego Bay to Montpelier.
"This monumental MOU creates a framework that will ensure there is no net loss of tree cover when the Montego Bay Perimeter Road Project comes to fruition," said Stephen Edwards, managing director of NROCC.
It is anticipated that some 62.5 hectares of forest will be lost due to the road construction. NROCC is providing the lands for replanting while the Forestry Department will provide tree seedlings and technical expertise to guide the planting and maintenance activities.