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Forest Plantations comprise six percent of Kenya’s gazetted forest estate and the exotic tree species have a rotation period of 25 to 30 years after which if they are not harvested, they begin to rot.
Hence the Service uses felling plans to harvest a maximum of 5,000 hectares per year and this ensures the Government profits from the investments in Forest Plantations. The areas in which harvesting has been undertaken are then replanted.
Kenya Forest Service has automated the process of issuance of plantation harvesting licenses which will now be done through the County Forest Conservators. Payment of taxes has also been automated to ensure compliance with Government tax regulations.
A detailed harvesting security plan on access, control and supervision of actual harvesting and reporting has been put in place. As part of the plan, entry Certificates are presented to Forest Station Managers before removal of any forest produce.
Upon completion of the felling and withdrawal of materials, Exit Certificates are issued as evidence of compliance with all requirements.
The lifting of the ban on logging in gazetted forests was informed by an inventory on forest plantations which was undertaken by a Multi –Agency Taskforce commissioned by the former Minister for Environment and Forestry, to confirm available stocks.
The inventory undertaken from 2020 to 2022, revealed a large number of mature &over –mature forest plantations. As per the Forest Conservation & Management Act, 2016, the KFS has a responsibility to manage and utilize forest plantations and ensure they are profitable.
Hence the disposal of these forest materials is in compliance with the Forest Conservation and Management Act 2016. In addition, e-registration of sawmillers was undertaken leading to prequalification of applicants into various categories based on respective capacities.
Forest –adjacent communities have been factored in this arrangement to ensure they also benefit.

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Jul 11, 2020
Kenya Forest Service is undertaking a multi -agency operation to reclaim Logoman, Sururu, Likia, Kiptunga, Mariashoni, Nessuit, Baraget and Oleposmoru forests within Mau forest complex.
The operation started on 27th June 2020 and it comprises 100 officers from KFS and the Kenya Police Service. The mission of the operation is to stop all illegal human activities from these government forests which form the Eastern side of Mau Forest Complex.
The current achievements are as follows; 4500 Ha of forest land has been reclaimed, 945 illegal structures destroyed, approximately 5km of illegal fencing destroyed, 3,803 illegally acquired cedar posts seized, 1 bow, 5 arrows and 1 aquiver recovered, 3 suspects arrested...
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Apr 30, 2020
Today's round-up of our ongoing tree-planting 🌲🌿 activities:

The Mau Conservancy Team planted 10,500 mixed indigenous seedlings at Sorget Forest station, Kericho County in collaboration with members of the public and the Sorget Community Forest Association (CFA).
2,660 🌳🌱 indigenous seedlings (Fraxinus pensylvanica, Pinus patula) have been planted at Cheboswa Forest, Kericho County.

The Kimasian TVC (Kericho County), in collaboration with KFS, has also established a woodlot where 600 seedlings (Cupressus lusitanica) have been planted.
A private farmer in Kipkelion Constituency, has collaborated with KFS, to plant 240🌱 seedlings (bamboo and Prunus africana) along the Riparian land of a river traversing a farmland to stabilize its banks.

This totals a land area of 13.05 Ha being reforested in Kericho County.
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