Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Karura Forest Electric Fence Project Starts

Karura Forest will finally get an electric fence. The process that started in early 2009 has now gained momentum and is slated to take 3 months. The main donor of this project is EABL who will be sponsoring it to a tune of 8.5 million shillings. More donors are expected to come in through The ‘Friends of Karura Forest’ who are the funds raisers for the project.

The fencing started off on Monday 14th, June 2010 with the digging of holes from Huruma to Kiambu road. The poles will then be put up in the course of the week. Clearing will then be done around the entire Karura for the completion of the fencing. The fencing is being done 20 metres from the centre of the main Kiambu road in case the road needs future expansion. The fence is not entirely straight because of terrain, hills and trees therefore it will zigzag in many points.

The main reason behind fencing of the forest is to enhance security of the forest and visitors. It is also for aesthetic purposes so that everyone can enjoy being in the forest. There will be four gates to be manned by Forest Rangers so that they can be able to monitor those coming to the forest and for what purposes. There will also be charging to those who will be visiting the nature trail or for other proposes like recreating or shooting documentaries.

Story & Pictures by Lydiah Ogada

Karura Is Mapped Using OpenStreetMap (OSM)

OpenStreetMap (OSM) is a collaborative project to create a free editable map of the world.
The maps are created using data from portable GPS devices, aerial photography, other free sources or simply from local knowledge. Both rendered images and the vector graphics are available for download under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 licence.

OpenStreetMap was inspired by sites such as Wikipedia; the map display features a prominent 'Edit' tab and a full revision history is maintained. Registered users can upload GPS track logs and edit the vector data using the given editing tools.

Below is an account of the mapping exercise courtesy of Upande

“Having been involved on the technical aspects of project mapKibera last year, it was a  good opportunity for Upande to get involved in some actual ground work, data collection. Last year Mapkibera group led by Mikel Maron, managed to comb Kibera in a combined 5 days. The product was a detailed up to date map of Kibera from entire road network, water points, schools, community centres, to the locals’ favourite pint dens.
Organizers and partners
The Map Kibera team led by Mikel organized a one day mapping part. This May the group, organized by Mikel Maron and Primoz Kovacic was back again for another big cause; mapping one of the only two forests in Nairobi: The Karura Forest.

Mappers this time round consisted of Members of Mapkibera Group, Friends of Karura, who provided the scouts, mapping professionals, mapping enthusiasts, staff from the UN and British Embassy and Molu the scout dog. Security was also well handled with Capt Danny Alexander of the British Army and the Kenyan Forest Service. The exercise brought together a team of almost 35 mappers.

The Forest
Albeit its beauty, the forest only appears in the media, for two reasons:  News of grabbed land or reports of victims dumped after a carjacking incidence.

Not many Nairobians roaming their concrete jungle are aware that quietly at the outskirts spans a scenic (no. of years old) true jungle with an unpolluted river, a water fall and caves.

The Exercise
The party started at 9:30 am at Kenya Forestry Service Headquarters with a brief presentation of the project and mapping techniques (usage of GPS units, OpenStreetMap etc.)

Mapping parties were then divided into seven groups, each covering different sections of the forest. Some interesting like the caves and waterfalls route, to the funny ‘touch me I die’ route; apparently the area is known for the plant species, when touched it ‘plays dead’.

Luckily the group I was in took the caves and waterfall route.
Armed with GPS receivers and digital photos, the groups dispersed one after another to cover the forest. En route to the key points groups picked the GPS points of features of interest e.g. schools, clubs, residential areas etc.

After Party
After the teams were back, the GPS data, tracks and point collected were uploaded to the OSM platform. Mark Iliffe and Primoz giving presentations to the mappers on how to upload and edit collected data using JOSM to the OSM platform. JOSM editor, acronym for Java Open Street Mapping editor, is one of the tools widely used to upload, create and edit data in OSM.

Mark's presentation on using synchronized GPS and Camera to carry out mapping was an eye opener. Apparently if your GPS and Camera clocks are synchronised, it is easier to geo tag photos on JOSM since it matches time photo was taken to that point in time when GPS was tracking. This method ensures a quicker way of collecting data, no stopping, marking waypoint then taking a few photos; if you have ever used the latter method then you understand how much time can be saved with this. Hint: Photos must be descriptive.  If point is a school, take photo of something with the school name. This would greatly help to identify the point once you are editing in JOSM.

When all has been said… when all has been edited and done, we shall have a beautiful, detailed, useful and up to date map of Karura.

I am yet to find a better way of conducting a thorough mapping exercise over a short period of time. By 1600 hours we were already departing. Our task for the day, complete and well done.

Next mapping party?”

ENCOM Senior Officers Hold Annual Workshop In Nyeri

The Regional Commandants pose for a group photo with Director during a break at the workshop.
Director, D.K. Mbugua makes his opening remarks and presentation

Col. (Rtd)J. Kimani makes a presentation. 

The Kenya Forest Service Senior ENCOM Officers met in Nyeri for a three day workshop from the 23rd to 25th June 2010 to address and develop strategies of combating forestry crime and preventing its degradation.

The workshop was chaired by the Commandant KFS (Rtd.) Col. John Kimani who spearheaded the workshop’s coming up with viable work plans and presentations from the Commandants. He termed the workshop as a forum for learning for the officers which will help them in understanding and carrying out their duties in the various capacities in their work stations.

On the first day of the symposium, the Director KFS, Mr. D. K. Mbugua graced the workshop and also conducted the official opening of the workshop.  In his remarks, he emphasized the need for KFS to employ (100) new officers who will be sourced from the 2500 strong force of rangers at KFS. He also highlighted why the Service saw the rationale to employ the Commandants as the need to bring in the experience they have acquired from the different departments of Armed and Civil forces they had previously worked for, which will help in molding the KFS Rangers into an enviable Force. 

Mr. Mbugua encouraged the Officers to lead in bridging the gap between the Enforcement Division and the Professional cadres for the common good of conserving the Natural Resources as a team. He said that the Basic Training of the Foresters was a step towards to integrating of the two teams from diverse backgrounds and philosophies of work into a team to forge forward.

The Commandants were mandated to act as the Public Relations Officers of the KFS to the outside world, and were therefore required to interrelate with other stakeholders/organizations with the common interest of protecting and conserving our forests. He also accepted the use of the new titles that the commandants came up for their offices and for the Londiani College’s. The Commandants from the Conservancies will henceforth be referred to as Regional Commandants instead of Assistant Commandants. The Londiani College will be known as School of Paramilitary Training College (SPTC) whereas the Commandant of the School will be known as Commandant, SPTC Londiani.

Each of the participants gave a presentation on the role they play challenges and the achievements in their various fields of work and gave out recommendations on the way forward.

The Director and the Commandant tried to help them come up with ways of achieving their set goals and targets regardless of the situation, by showing them how best they could use the available resources to deal with the challenges with promises to look into the serious cases and assist shortly while coming up with strategies to bring about lasting solutions for the problems.

On the last day, Friday 25th June, 2010, The Chief Human Resource Officer Mr. Wellington Amkaya paid the participants a visit and gave them a lecture on Ethics and Integrity and sensitized the officers on the same. He told the Commandants that it was one of the set goals of the KFS from KACA to train officers so as to report to the Commission on how far they have gone with the training.

The Annual Workshop will be held in Coast Conservancy Next year.

Report & Pictures by Rahab Gitau

Monday, June 21, 2010

Open Day Attracts Large Crowds In Ol Bollosat

Mr. James Gechea, Forester Geta explains the raising of tree seedlings to the DC Nyandarua West Mr. Paulo Pamba and the Senior Deputy Director KFS, Mr. Emilio Mugo during an open day at Ol Bolossat Forest. Looking on (left) is the Zonal Manager Nyandarua Mr. B.M Kinyili.

Members of the public visit the exhibition stand during the open day at Ol Bolossat forest. Close to 1000 area residents participated in the event that provided a platform for KFS to interact and exchange information with its key stakeholder. 

The Ol bolossat Forest was a beehive of activity at the Open Day on 16th June 2010 as scores of residents arrived to learn more about forestry. The Zonal Manager, Nyandarua Mr. B.M. Kinyili explained that the Open Day had been organized to educate local residents on the importance of forestry and to create a platform for them to ask questions among the exhibitors. Attention was drawn to the efforts to preserve Ol Bolossat forest and the Lake Ol bolossat, which has suffered from illegal encroachment and degradation.

Local communities who form the Community Forest Association (CFA) have completed a management plan which will be used to guide conservation of this vital ecosystem. In his speech, the Guest of Honor, Mr. Emilio Mugo, Senior Deputy Director KFS, called upon residents to place confidence in the implementation of the management plan, which would ensure sustainable use of the forest resources. Services on display included various processes in forestry such as seed nursery establishement, plantation management, protection services and livelihood improvement services.

As part of the Zone’s Corporate Social Responsibility, the residents received free deworming of livestock at an estimated cost of one million Kenya Shillings. KFS partner organizations including Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI) and Water Resources Management Authority (WRMA) and CFA groups were also at hand to display their goods and services which are centered on forest resources. It was noted that KFS had grown 3.2 million indigenous and exotic seedlings to rejuvenate the forests around lake Ol Bollosat, as part of the strategy to conserve the lake which has been greatly threatened by encroachment and massive degradation. The forest holds ecotourism potential because it is a recognized bird watching site.

Report & Pictures By Anne Kaari

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Tariff Cut To Boost Use Of Cooking Gas- Courtesy Of Daily Nation

Cooking gas for sale. Tariff on cooking gas has been reduced to promote use of gas. Photo/FILE


Posted Tuesday, June 15 2010 at 15:40

The common external tariff levied on gas cookers has been reduced by 15 per cent.
The government’s action aims to cut many families’ dependence on firewood and charcoal as a source of energy.
The Petroleum Institute of East Africa said the tariff was reduced from 25 per cent to 10 per cent to promote use of gas.
Still high
The institute’s general manager, Ms Wanjiku Manyara, said Finance minister Uhuru Kenyatta in the 2010 Budget took the move because Kenya faces deforestation as gas remains inaccessible to many people.
She said initial investment in gas cylinders is still high because the government levies 16 per cent Value Added Tax and 25 per cent import duty. Due to this, less than 10 per cent of Kenyans have adopted this mode of home fuel.
The government previously levied 16 per cent value added tax and 25 per import duty on cylinders, cookers, and related components.
Ms Wanjiku said marketers had in a proposal sent to the government called for removal of import duties and VAT on liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) cylinders, cookers, and other related accessories in the 2010 Budget.
“The move would have been in line with an East African Community recommendation for removal of taxes on LPG appliances to make gas more affordable and increase its consumption,” she said.
Reduced cost
The National Oil Corporation of Kenya said the removal of taxes would have reduced cost and encouraged more people to make first time purchases of gas cylinders and cookers.
Managing director Mwendia Nyaga said the firm has consolidated and enhanced its market share of its Supa Gas brand, adding that cylinders are available through a network of 60 petrol stations.
He said the state corporation has partnered with Uchumi Supermarket outlets and other authorised resellers of the cylinders that were launched with the standard valve in 2008.  

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Tribute To Pioneer African Forester –Jesse Kamau

Jessie Kamau (in glasses) during his time as the Senior Forester of South Marmanet Forest Station. With him are then DFO, Mr. Ben Wamugunda and Joseph Mutie the Assistant DFO

Jesse Njoroge Kamau has been described as an “officer and a gentleman” by those who worked under his watch. He was a man at great ease with his superiors, peers and juniors. During his tenure in Nyahururu Station, Mr. Wamugunda, a retired forester who had the privilege of working under him remembers that the then Chief Conservator of Forests was a regular visitor to Jesse’s house as were many junior staff who all sought his counsel. 

Having been one of the first African to join the Colonial Forest Department in a position of responsibility, he acted as a beacon of hope for many young Africans who now believed that it was possible to attain positions of responsibility in the then revered On Her Majesty’s Service (OHMS) the predecessor of the post independence Civil Service.

For someone who had started his service in 1938 and served for 42 years until 1980 it is not surprising that numerous foresters who would rise to be future Chief Conservators and Provincial Forest Officers were mentored under his very watch. It will be well remembered that Mzee Njoroge was the first African District Forest Officer and held the EST No 0001.

His forestry service started in September 1, 1938 when he was employed by Forest Department (OHMS) as a Forest Ranger at Maji Mazuri, he served at Naivasha, Timboroa and Londiani Forest Stations until 1960.

In 1961 he was promoted to be an Acting Forester and transferred to Esageri Forest in Baringo District. In 1963 he was transferred to Molo Forest as a Forester. In 1966 he was transferred to Sorget Forest Station and promoted to Senior Forester 1 and worked in this capacity up to his retirement in 1980 at Nyahururu South Marmanet Forest Station.

 During his burial on 10th June droves of retired and serving forester and colleagues from his early days congregated in his home where Assistant HOC Mau, Mr. Abon’go represented the KFS Director.

For a man who spent so much time around forests and trees, it was only befitting that as he was laid to rest in Gogar Farm near Turi in Molo that his family and close friends would plant numerous trees around his grave as a honour in a manner he would have approved.

The late Mzee Jesse Njoroge Kamau was born at the Escarpment, Lari Division in 1918. In 1931 – 1935 he attended Matathia Independent School up to elementary level after which he undertook several training courses including British Tutorial Courses (B.T.C) and Forestry.

In 1936-1937 he was a Teacher at Githirioni Primary School. Early 1938 he moved to Kereita Forest as a clerk. Same year he moved to Mr. Lights Farm in Molo as a supervisor.

Despite being a civil servant, Mzee Njoroge held various social and developmental positions amongst being the B.O.G chairman at several schools in Rift Valley. After retirement he moved to his Gogar Farm in Turi, Molo where he has been farming.

He was a hardworking and obedient person and was very helpful to his parents especially taking care of the family flock. He has left a widow Mrs. Hannah Wambui Muiruri and 12 children, 12 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren. May the almighty God rest his soul in eternal peace.

Report by Raphael Mworia & Lydiah Ogada 

Prince of Monaco on State visit To Champion Jatropha

PS Fisheries (Prof Ntiba) , Director KFS (D.K. Mbugua)  and Zonal Manager Kitui (Wanyiri M. W) are among the officials greeting the Prince on his arrival at the foundation offices.
The Director assists the Prince to plant the Olea africana tree seedling to mark the occasion.

The Director in a discussion with the Prince about the merits of Olea africana, an indigenous species useful for many people in the region.

The head of State of the Monaco Principality, Prince Albert II has urged Kenyans to plant more trees as a means of mitigating climate change. He made the remarks during a tour of Kitui District yesterday. His Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation is a partner of Green Africa Foundation which has been encouraging local communities in Kitui, Lamu, Meru and Kajiado to plant the jatropha tree for bio-fuels and climate change purposes.
During the visit also graced by the Director Kenya Forest Service Mr. D.K. Mbugua, His Serene Highness Prince Albert 11 of Monaco said “ I am happy to see what is happening here. What I have seen here is real. These are not abstract ides. Its happening and people’s lives are being improved through adoption of green technology”.
Green Africa Foundation is an NGO specializing in Environmental Conservation, Renewable Energy and Livelihood Improvement  in Kitui and has several partners among who KFS is a leading one. The visit was successful and was organized as a state function since the Prince was visiting as a head of state and the security detail and protocol was at the expected optimum levels. The prince was impressed by the activities of the Foundation and the existing strong partnerships between the various stakeholders. Tree planting, biodiesel species propagation and fish farming were among the highlights that were cited as solutions to the many economic and environmental problems facing the ASAL's.
Report & Photos Courtesy Maurice Wanyiri 

Monday, June 14, 2010

Second Round Misitu Golf Challenge Takes Place In Thika

Senior Deputy Director presents the winner Ms. Betty Gakuo the winner prize
Mr. Mugo makes his presentation during the prize giving ceremony at Thika 
Mr.Kanyi (Tree Biotechnology Trust) makes a presentation

TreeBiotechnology Display at Thika 

Golfers at the event 

Ms. Betty Gakuo was the winner of the Misitu Golf Challenge (MGC) second qualifying round that was held on Saturday 12th June in Thika Golf Club. The event featured more than 100 golfers drawn from Thika, Ruiru and Makuyu clubs who came together in support of forest conservation initiative. 

Sponsored by the Kenya Forest Service and managed by Golf and Beyond Limited, the MGC initiative aims to sensitise golfers on tree planting and sustainable forest conservation. Recognizing that most golfers are opinion leaders and decision makers in key organizations, KFS decided to reach out to this key stakeholder amongst others with a message on environmental conservation and commercial forestry. It is hoped through their influence more trees will be planted both for conservation and commercial forestry purposes.

During the prize-giving ceremony, Senior Deputy Director Mr. Emilio Mugo made a well received presentation on the functions of KFS, the need for tree planting on private land to attain 10% forest cover.  Also in attendance was Mr. Benson Kanyi of Tree Biotechnology Trust who was also invited to display during the event and create awareness on commercial forestry.

Report by Charles Ngunjiri 

5th Generation Farmer Field School Graduation – Kitui

It was a sight to behold when farmers from different parts of Kitui came together to celebrate the completion of a full year training on Farm Forestry in the various fields in Agro-Forestry. The chilly morning air could not dampen the high spirits as they started the morning with songs and dance when they boarded the KFS Bus that was taking them to the appointed site for the graduation.

On hand to welcome the guests from the Assistant Zonal Manager for Kitui Mr. Riungu, the Area District Officer M/s …who represented the Provincial Administration in the area. She was flanked by the DO Kalimani, DO Mutomoni, the chiefs and assistant chiefs from the area. The guests from Nairobi were the Deputy Director, M/s Monicah Kalenda who heads the Extensions Services where such programmes fall under, the Director of KFS was represented by Ag. DD– Plantation & Enterprise Boniface Wekesa, who was the chief guest at the occasion , Mr. Oscar Simanto – Head of Extension Management KFS, M/s Jane Ndeti – Head of SCBFFE project,  Mr. John Ngugi  the Programmes Officer from JICA, and Mr. Ren Fujimura (Mutua) – a volunteer from Tsavo West National Park.

There were 3 different farmers graduating in the 5th FFS from the different areas in Kitui, namely Meeko FFS ( meaning -  Actions), Katitika FFS (Meaning – Dam) and Ngavande ( Meaning – plant) which was the host FFS. The site was at a Primary School in Matinyani Division. Each group had several presentations that they had to show on what they had learnt in the past year, the pros and cons of their projects. Basically, all the groups had practiced the PDT ( Participatory Technology Development)  with the mango tree plantation being their projects of choice, which they gave in-depth analysis detailing how different species of Mango Trees (Kent, Tommy and Apple Species) performed in the various areas since germination to maturity considering that they were intercropped with trees and farm produce. The Kent species of the Mango generally outdid the other species in the growth and the produce and it emerged tops as the most preferred species to be grown by the farmers in the region.

When the guests curiosity was sated and the all the questions answered, the guests were called upon for a jig with the graduating farmers. There was a light moment when Mr. Wasike was called upon to dance with the farmers. After song and dance, there were speeches from the guests who generally encouraged the farmers to put into practice what they had learnt in FFS.M/s Ndeti  told the participants that there was  project to be launched in the near future which will include the FFS. She encouraged the graduads to keep networks with the previous graduands.  Madam Kalenda thanked the farmers for their dedication and gave out the importance of farmers’ participation in the tree planting in the country as the increase in the forest cover from the current 2% to 10%. 

It was a revelation that in FFS was the pilot project of JICA in Kenya which encourages farmers’ participation in tree planting and environmental conservation and which at the same time empowers the farmers. She thanked the director through his representative Mr. Wasike for proving that the project was not a waste of resources. She invited the Mr. Wasike who introduced himself and gave out the concept behind P&E  (Plantation and Enterprise) as a project that encourages intercropping with trees if possible and as a former Head of Inventory, he was in a position to give facts that the project was very viable to curb the climate change and to help increase the forest cover in the country. He also told them that the issued certificates to the farmers were a way of KFS appreciating the farmers’ conservation effort in the country. After the event the farmers were all smiles as they headed home to incorporate theory into practice.

Story Courtesy Rahab Gitau

Senior Government Officer Pay Courtesy Call On KFS

The Senior Deputy Director, E.N. Mugo making a presentation to the guests

The officers during the visit touring Tree Biotechnogy Trust Nursery
The officers during the presentation in the canteen

Eighty senior government officer undergoing the Strategic Leadership Course at Kenya Institute of Administration  (KIA) last Thursday visited the KFS headquarters as part of the Service’s desire to gain the goodwill of different government agencies.

The group of 80 chose to visit Kenya Forest Service to pay a courtesy call and learn more about the institution. Senior Deputy Director E.N.Mugo, Head of Corporate Communications Mr. Raphael Mworia, Head of Nairobi Conservancy Charity Munyasia and Deputy Commandant Alex Lemarkoko were among those present in the meeting.

Senior Deputy Director E.N.Mugo and Head of Corporate Communication Mr. Raphael Mworia gave a presentation on the functions of Kenya Forest Service. The presentation included progress and familiarization of the organization. The Senior Government Officials had the privilege to be shown around the organization and were taken to places such as the Tree Biotechnology Programme Trust and the Head of Conservancy’s indigenous tree nursery where they also had another presentation of what the projects were about. The KIA group representative closed the meeting by giving a vote of thanks.  

 The officers who were drawn from numerous government ministries and agencies gave feedback on the opportunity that had opened their eyes on the new organization.

Report Courtesy Tabitha Nungari   

Forestry in the News on Tuesday 8th June,2010 to Monday 14th June, 2010

Forestry in the News on Monday, June 14, 2010
EA Standard- page 10 a picture of Planning Assistant Minister Peter Kenneth watering a tree he planted during the official opening of the Nairobi Institute of Business Study in Ruiru Campus.
Page 36-two adverts by Kenya Forest Service with the title-“Expression of Interest-Strategic and Institutional Support for the Development of Management Framework for Forests in Kenya” and a tender notice invitation for tenders for provision of Corporate Insurance covers: Medical; GROUP Life and Personal Accidents.
Daily Nation- page 9 an article with the title-“Tourism board rewards pupils for planting trees”
Page 20-two adverts by Kenya Forest Service with the title-“Expression of Interest-Strategic and Institutional Support for the Development of Management Framework for Forests in Kenya” and a tender notice invitation for tenders for provision of Corporate Insurance covers: Medical; GROUP Life and Personal Accidents.
Page 33- a picture of Dr Philip Kitui, Daystar University DVC FAP and Mr. Leo Slingerland, CEO TBN Family Media, plant a tree during an event organized by the Daystar Environmental Conservation Club.
The Star-page 2 an article with the title-“Monaco Prince in Kenya with Jatropha message”
The People Daily-page 10 an article with the title-“Solar cooking technology to cut on fuel costs”
Business Daily-page 23 an article with the title-“Why an open plan office is a modern necessity”
The East African –page 11 an advert with the title-“Climate Change and Water Resources-Nile Basin countries tackling climate change”.
Page 12-an article with the title-“Dar plans more men to fight poaching”
Page 21 – an article with the title-“Kenya paper converters to be hurt by new EAC rules”
Page 7 (Special Report)-an article with the title- “Save EA! Invest more in clean, cheap energy”
Kenya Today-page 9 an article with the title-“Global Carbon sink business makes good environmental Sense”
Page 14-an article with the title-“Residents stop planting trees”. Residents of Masinga are against tree planting exercise on grounds that planting of more trees would deny them access to water from the dam,
Page 1, 2-an article with the title-“Artist’s efforts brings human face to Mau Restoration” .And another article with the title-“Girls in tree-planting project rewarded”
Page 4-an article with the title-“KFS to plant 10 million trees in Coast”
Page 3(Inside Government)-an article with the title-“Charcoal burning warning”
Page 10(Inside Government)-an article with the title-“Protecting Kakamega Snakes”
Page 11 -two articles with the title-“Two million planted by Forest Service” and “Plant more indigenous trees”

Forestry in the News on Sunday, June 13, 2010
The Sunday Nation-page 10 an article with the title-“Biden pledges US support of Mau Forest”
Page 3(Young Nation)-an article with the title-“Young environmentalists crowned”

Forestry in the News on Saturday, June 12, 2010
The Star-page 9 an article with the title-“KFS beefs security to stop felling” and “Rising cost of timber irks carpenters”

Forestry in the News on Friday, June 11, 2010
EA Standard- page 8 an article with the title –“Environment gets shot in the arm”. Environment conservation received a big shot in the arm with a Sh57.5 bn allocation, which will add momentum t conservation.
Page 16(Letters)-a letter to the editor by Saneto Ole Tiampati with the title-“Involve locals in Mau restoration process”
Page 5(Fever pitch)-golf advert of golf tournament ‘Misitu Golf Challenge’ being sponsored by Kenya Forest Service at Thika Sports Club.

Forestry in the News on Thursday, June 10, 2010
People Daily-page 5 an article with the title-“Invest in the restoration of the ecosystem, says experts”
Page 13-an article with the title-“Conservation of the Mau goes a notch higher”
The Star-page 13 an article with the title-“Conservation to be stepped up in Nyanza”
Daily Nation-page 16 an advert by Kenya Forest Service requesting for bidders for Information Communication Technology Strategy Consultancy
EA Standard- page 49 an advert by Kenya Forest Service requesting for bidders for Information Communication Technology Strategy Consultancy

Forestry in the News on Wednesday, June 09, 2010
EA Standard-page 11 an article with the title- “AAR donates 4,000 tree seedlings”

Forestry in the News on Tuesday, June 08, 2010
Daily Nation -page 34 that had the title-"Salvaging the Kenyan Wetlands:Where is the policy?"

Report Courtesy of Lydiah Ogada