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Tree harvest ban to cost KFS millions

12 October 2011, 09:33

Nairobi - Following a court order to try and prevent tree harvesting in Mt Kenya and Aberdares forests, it will most likely result in the Kenya Forest Service to lose millions of shillings, the Daily Nation reported.

The National Environmental Management Authority (Nema) obtained the temporary order until an Environmental Impact Assessment (EAI) survey has been conducted.

According to the provincial forestry officer John Wachihi, the department earned Sh131 million from forestry activities in the Central Kenya region in 2010.

Wachihi said 38,158 hectares of forest land in the two water towers contained tree plantations, some of them mature for harvesting. He added that if they were to stop harvesting now, they'd lose out on revenue as well as the opportunity to plant more trees.

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