The Acting Chief Conservator of Forests, Alex Lemarkoko has commissioned an operation to weed out illegal forest activities in five counties in Mau and North Rift Conservancies.
This move comes as a response to reports that such activities are hindering government efforts to achieve the 30% tree cover target being led by KFS.
During the commissioning at the County Forest Conservator’s office in Londiani, Kericho County, the Acting Chief Conservator of Forests, Alex Lemarkoko, warned that no effort would be spared to ensure that forests are protected for sustainable development in the country.
Mr. Lemarkoko expressed concern that some community members were cultivating in forests without following proper procedures, including being members of duly registered CFAs and receiving allocation of plots under the Plantation Establishment and Livelihood Improvement Scheme (PELIS) by Forest Station Managers (FCM).
Mr. Lemarkoko further noted with concern that some sawmillers were also colluding with unscrupulous individuals who illegally cut down trees and sell to them.
The Ag. CCF cautioned that the licenses of such sawmillers would be revoked, and legal action would be taken against them.
However, he appreciated stakeholders who are actively planting trees during the ongoing rains.