Today is Tree Planting Day in Dominica and members of the public are being encouraged to plant a tree.
This activity is being organized by the Ministry for the Environment in collaboration with the Forestry and Wildlife and Parks Division.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Environment, Careen Prevost, called on the public to support the initiative.
“The plan for National Tree Planting Day, in particular, we have four forest rangers and we have targeted specific areas that we would like to do some reforestation,” Prevost said during a radio interview.
The areas which have been highlighted for tree-planting activities include Jimmit, Coulibistrie along the beachfront, Grandbay from the Pierre Charles Secondary School to the Geneva Playing Field, the Pointe Michel to Soufriere Highway, and the continuation of palm trees on Goodwill Road from S-Mart Supermarket to Pottersville Savannah.
Prevost said they’re also “wrapping up” an ongoing project at Peebles Park.
In a collaborative effort, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Agriculture are targeting the planting of five fruit trees at each secondary and primary school on the island.
“Some schools have more land than others; some schools we will be planting more trees, but the idea is to get the students involved and have trees at the schools that the students in the next few years, will be able to utilize,” Prevost explained.