This is a division in Kenya Forest Service Charged with the management and conservation of the natural forests in Kenya which is our core program. The division’s objective is to intensify conservation and sustainable management of natural resources for environmental protection and socio-economic growth. Natural forest in Kenya forms the bulk of our gazetted forests with an area of more than 1.2 million hectares.
Most of these forests form our water towers which include The Mau Forest Complex, Mt. Kenya, Aberdares, Mt. Elgon and Cherangani. Mathews range and a number of other isolated smaller forests dotted in Kenya form a good percentage of our gazette natural forests. In addition there are other natural forests which fall under the county councils, private ranches and private farms which require technical backstopping from the division.
The division is expected to achieve two strategic outputs which include:-