The Principal Secretary lauded the local Community Forest Association, commonly known as CFA, for their concerted efforts in protecting the forests – and said he was involved with similar projects in Marmanet forest in Laikipia, and other parts of Rift Valley.
With the help of the local CFA members, 25 acres of the land has been filled with trees, and soon Kaberia says the remaining 75 acres will also be blooming with new forest life. Once this goal has been reached, the Principal Secretary plans to ask KFS to grant him permission to adopt 400 more acres to plant trees to meet his target of rehabilitating 500 acres of the now bare Mount Kenya forest.
The PS added that the other major reason as to why Mount Kenya forest should be conserved at all cost is because of its heritage in reference to the Kenyan people – especially the communities surrounding the mountain. The site also has great tourism value, with numerous tourist sites found within the mountain ecosystem, which include sacred lakes and Mau Mau caves among others. Within the Karuri area, and just a stone’s throw from the 100 acres, Kaberia has also adopted another special area for reforestation – the Mau Mau cave known as POST NO.8.
The PS said POST NO.8 was used by Kenyan freedom fighters, the Mau Mau, as a place where they could leave messages for their fellow fighters in the forest, making it possible for them to communicate easily. He said sites of such environmental and historic importance need to be conserved, preserved and protected for posterity.