Thursday, December 3, 2020
3ad9b259-c819-4253-b5ab-e6c3847c2186About 90 percent of the seeds planted in the 2500 acres land at the Maasai Mau Forest  have germinated.
Narok County Ecosystem Conservator Mr. Mwangi Muraguri said the seedlings are tendered by 880 locals employed by the Kenya Forest Service (KFS), to man the forest since October last year.
The seeds were planted last year in November through aerial seeding  by a multi-agency team that included the KFS, Kenya Forest Research Institute (KEFRI),    Kenya Wildlife Service, Ewaso Nyiro South Development Authority (ENSDA), and Narok County Government among other Non -Governmental Organizations.
”The trees planted include the pine trees, cedar, bamboo, Cyprus, blue gums, gravellier among other species which were mostly dispersed through aerial seeding,” said Muraguri.
The government embarked on restoration of Maasai Mau forest  after over 2000 families living in the forest lands vacated in two different phases that began in the year 2018 and 2019.
The government has since deployed a multi-agency security team in the area to man the water catchment land from destruction.
The Government still holds on the moratorium issued last year over logging which has seen success in control over logging and charcoal burning.
Maasai Mau forest is the largest water tower in East and Central Africa and it’s the source of major rivers such as Mara River, Nyangores and Amolo rivers that are crucial for the Serengeti (Tanzania) and Masai Mara Game Reserves.
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