Wednesday, September 30, 2020
The PS, Dr. Chris Kiptoo (in a hat) assessing the survival rate of trees in Sabor forest.  He noted the regeneration of the forest after fencing to ward off grazing and other illegal activities, and called on the KFS, to undertake a sport weeding to enable water to percolate into to the already planted trees.

The PS, Dr. Chris Kiptoo (in a hat) assessing the survival rate of trees in Sabor forest. He noted the regeneration of the forest after fencing to ward off grazing and other illegal activities, and called on the KFS, to undertake a sport weeding to enable water to percolate into to the already planted trees.

Environment and Forestry Principal Secretary Dr. Chris Kiptoo  inspected the Sabor Forest station, within Kaptagat Forest in Elgeyo Marakwet County to asses the growth progress of seedlings planted during the 2017 Kaptagat annual tree planting event.

The PS  commended the Kenya Forest Service  and the community for ensuring 90% survival of seedlings planted on the 50Ha rehabilitated area.
“We need to change strategy from just tree planting, to tree growing to take care of the seedlings until maturity so as to have demonstrable results “ Said PS Kiptoo.
The PS called on communities living around forests to ensure they are protected, so as to benefit from forest resources through the forest rights as provided under Livelihood Improvement Scheme (PELIS).
PS Dr. Kiptoo directed  to zone the forest to establish degraded areas , which in turn will be rehabilitated.
He however decried that livestock grazing remained a major cause of forest degradation and warned that livestock keepers must desist from grazing their livestock in areas which are rehabilitated .

The PS, Dr. Kiptoo also toured a community tree nursery in Sabor forest. He said the Government will continue supporting local communities to produce seedlings that will be planted in forests.

The PS, Dr. Kiptoo also toured a community tree nursery in Sabor forest. He said the Government will continue supporting local communities to produce seedlings that will be planted in forests.

“The government is keen in ensuring that Wanainchi benefit through user rights which guarantees them to benefit from forests, but the communities should  support conservation in order to benefit” said the PS.
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