Mau Forest reclaimation
24 May 2012, 16:44
Kenya Forest Service has continued with its bid of reclaiming the Mau ecosystem after it started a campaign to plant trees in 4 Hectares of Mau land which is part of 12 Ha it has programmed.
Speaking during a tree planting activity in the Mau forest conducted by the KFS And Timbers Manufactures Association yesterday, KFS Director David Mbugua, said they have set aside Kshs 63 million for the additional 4 Ha which will help to cater for labour, seedlings and other logistics
in the process which will be conducted by the Community Forest Association in order to include the community in the area to benefit financially.
The Director also commended the initiative undertaken by the Timbers Manufacturers Association for collaborating with the KFS and this has helped to bridge the early mistrust between the two which was not health for Mau reclamation process.
Mbugua also urged all stakeholders to unite and cooperation so as to reclaim Mau and make sure Industrial Plantation is back but said they have to put up proper planning and long term strategies to achieve it.
The director pointed that, though the tree logging has been banned for along time, he called for a review of Pre-Qualification procedure of
saw millers which he cited has a problem so as to streamline its mandate and also urged the saw millers to equip themselves with relevant equipments.
The local communities benefit from the pelis system/shamba system which will be opened after three years for over 200 Ha between the
Community Forest Association and the KFS which will benefit the community through farming and pruning of trees.
The director also appealed to the rangers to control animal grazing in order to protect planted seedlings from destruction and told the
dwellers to graze in the designated areas.
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