BY MATHEWS NDANYI
THE Kenya Forest Service has stepped up efforts to reclaim more than 7,000 hectares of forests destroyed by squatters in Embobut Forest.
KFS head of conservancy in the North Rift Solomon Mibei said the agency has deployed extra staff to plant trees on the destroyed areas of the forest in Elgeyo Marakwet county.
He said KFS will reclaim forests destroyed by human encroachment in the region.
“We have more than 18 million tree seedlings to be planted in the region as soon as the rains fall,” Mibei said.
He was speaking in his office yesterday in Eldoret town.
Mibei said the Embobut Forest is one of the major water catchment areas in the region and the government will not allow its destruction.
Separately security officers from the Kenya Wildlife Service have evicted hundreds of herders and villagers from the Rimoi National Game Reserve in Elgeyo Marakwet county.
The move follows an order by the government to protect the wildlife sanctuary.
The herders and villagers are accused of supporting poaching and killing of wild animals.
Courtesy of the-star.co.ke