Masaita Forest

Masaita Forest Station is part of West Mau Forest Complex. It has an area of 4,152 Hectares. The forest block was formally part of Londiani Forest which was gazetted as Forest Reserves vide proclamation notice number 44 under cap 176 of the laws of Kenya in 1932. It was declared a Forest Reserve in 1962 as per the provisions of section 4 (1), (2) of cap 385 of the laws of Kenya.

The station is divided into compartments and several sub-compartments for administrative and management purposes. It is made up of one block called Masaita. Most of the area of the block is in Nakuru County whereas part of it falls within Kericho County.

However, under KFS administration, the area is within Mau Conservancy striding across Nakuru and kericho Forest Zones. It borders Lalaikwen block of Makutano Forest on the Northern side and Mount blackett Forest on the Southern part.  

In 1972, Masaita Forest Block was handed over to the Kenya Forest College (KFC) so as to be under one administration. It is used for technical training of Forest Managers and for testing of new forest practices for the benefit of Kenya Forest Service (KFS) and Kenya Forestry College (KFC) itself.  The training block is a good field for Forestry Case Studies especially undertaken in relation with special projects carried out by students either from KFC or University of Eldoret (UoE) Faculty of Forestry. 
The stocked areas of Masaita comprises of mainly Cypress, Pine and Eucalyptus as major commercial planting tree species that constitute 82%. The un-stocked areas comprise of a backlog of 317.9 hectares. The altitude of Masaita has been found to be ranging between 2320 m above sea level in the western part and 2500 m above sea level in the eastern part. The annual rainfall ranges between 1000mm to 1500m per annum with the average rainfall of 1267mm. 
The Forest is an important watershed area supplying the Kenya Forestry College, Londiani Township, Londiani District Hospital, Sacred Hills Girls High School and the surrounding households with water. It is a major source of Kipchorian River and its tributaries.  Masaita Forest also is home to flora and fauna. It harbours Collobus Monkeys, Moths, Hare, some species of Antelopes, Wild Pigs Rats, Porcupine, Ant Bears, Rabbits, Squirrel, and Bushbucks among others. 
The Forest Community adjacent to Masaita Forest Station, basically comprise of aborigines among those who acquired land formerly owned by White Settlers. The major socio economic benefits outlined by the adjacent community from the forest include: source of household energy, cultivation through: Plantation Establishment for Livelihood Improvement Scheme (PELIS) program, source of building materials, grazing and supply of domestic water and water for livestock. Other benefits include herbal medicine, climate amelioration, source of humus and sacred site for traditional and religious activities.