About KFS

Kenya Forest Service is a corporate body established under the Forest Conservation and Management Act no 34 of 2016 (henceforth referred to as the Act).  The Act which was operationalized on 31st March 2017, gave the Service's mandate as "to provide for the development and sustainable management, including conservation and rational utilization of all forest resources for the socioeconomic development of the country and for connected purposes"



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 800M Commonwealth Gold Medalist Plants Trees at Karura Training Base


2018, 800M Commonwealth Gold Medalist Wycliffe Kinyamal, first order of business upon return to Kenya was tree planting at Karura Forest where the Champion trains.


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 Improving Dryland Forestry in Kenya


Israeli Ambassador to Kenya Amb. Noah Gal Gendler (center) in a meeting with KFS Ag. Chief Conservator of Forests Ms. Monica Kalenda (3rd right) on technologies to advance, dryland forestry in partnership with communities.


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Kenya to Partner with Israel on Dryland Forestry


A delegation from the Karen Kayemeth Leisrael, Jewish National Fund, (KKL-JNF) have met with the Ag. Chief Conservator of Forests Monica Kalenda and other Senior KFS officials to discuss the progress of a signed MOU on Capacity Development in Dryland Forestry.


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Kenya Prisons Service Lorries Apprehended for Ferrying Timber

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KFS Officers Impound Trailer Packed with Charcoal


Kenya Forest Service Officers impound a trailer packed with 300 sacks of charcoal along the Southern Bypass. Concerned individuals to be charged in court.



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Kenya Forest Service Board Chairman, Peter Kinyua presented twenty laptops to the Elgeyo Marakwet County CEC for Water, Lands, Environment and Natural Resources Mr. Abraham Barsosio, when he paid a courtesy call at the KFS Headquarters in Karura. The use of the laptops is a joint initiative between KFS and Amadeus East Africa in a bid to support digital learning in the conservation of the environment in schools located around the forest areas in different parts of Kenya.


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Tree Planting Campaign in Kakamega Forest Station


We are all encouraged to plant trees during these rains. Consult the Kenya Forest Service office near you for information on seedling selection and siting.


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Press Release: 21st March 2018
KFS Board invites EACC to look into Forest Destruction


The Kenya Forest Service Board of Directors appreciates all Kenyans who came out to plant trees in commemoration of the International Day of Forests. During this year's celebrations, more than 102,000 seedlings were planted, 10,000 tree seedlings in Karura Forest, and 2,000 in each of the other 46 Counties. This is part of the robust programme that the Board has put in place to fast track realization of 10% national tree cover by the year 2022, and 15% by the year 2030.


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International Day of Forests Celebrations Marked Across the Country. 

By Michael Muratha

The International Day of Forests (IDF) was celebrated in all 47 Counties in the Country. A total of 102,000 tree seedlings were planted. 10,000 in Nairobi and 2,000 each in the remaining 46 Counties (92,000). The IDF celebrations are in partnership with all County Governments in realization and appreciation of the central role of County Governments in attaining the Constitutional 10% forest cover, way before the year 2030.

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By Michael Muratha

The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 21 March the International Day of Forests (IDF) in 2012. The Day celebrates and raises awareness of the importance of all types of forests. On each International Day of Forests, countries are encouraged to undertake local, national and international efforts to organize activities involving forests and trees, such as tree planting campaigns. The theme for each International Day of Forests is chosen by the Collaborative Partnership on Forests. The theme for 2018 is Forests and Sustainable Cities.

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Strategic Objectives

  1. Increase net forest cover
  2. Strengthen financial base
  3. Enhance conseravtion, sustainable management and utilisation of forests by improving livelihoods in rural areas
  4. Effectively manage information within interactive intergrated information systems in support of business processes and improved service delivery
  5. Strenghten institutional capacity to deliver on it’s mandate

Farmer Field Schools in Transzoia graduate


The Head of Conservancy for North Rift Forest Conservancy Area Mr. Solomon Mibey presents a certificate to one of the graduating farmers at Naisambu. Looking on is the Project Manager for GZDSP Mr. Jerome Mwanzia and the Forest Zonal Manager for Transzoia Mr. Simon Wahome

The just graduated farmer groups take a group photo together with the guests

The 22nd of June was not just an ordinary day for communities in Transzoia County as they witnessed a rare graduation.

Farmers from Baraton, Naisambu, and Nyasi Farmer Field Schools (FFS) graduated amid dancing and jubilations in a ceremony graced by fellow community members the local leadership and officers from the KFS headquarters. The farmers who have been attending the ‘school without walls’ for at least one and a half years had an impressive report to show for the years they were educated. among the most outstanding were horticulture, beekeeping and agro-forestry in their farms and a plantation of eucalyptus.

In attendance was the Head of Conservancy for North Rift who was also the chief guest Mr. Solomon Mibey, the project manager for Green Zones Development Support Project (GZDSP) Mr. Jerome Mwanzia whose project sponsored the groups and the Transzoia Forest Zonal Manager Mr. Simon K Wahome among other guests.

Mr. Mibey who was visibly impressed by the farmers’ performance urged them to practice what they had learnt on their farms and encouraged them to each establish a tree nursery to as to enhance tree planting in their areas as well as earn some income.

While addressing the same gathering, Mr. Mwanzia also congratulated the farmers and urged them to establish wood lots on their farms saying that this will ensure steady supply of domestic wood demands. He promised the farmers an exchange visit which would enable them learn what other farmers who had undergone similar training were doing.

The farmers thanked KFS for facilitating them and assisting the community in improving their livelihoods and eradicating poverty.

Article and pictures by Caroline Kahuria

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