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Mau forest face another handle as farmers re-enter the protected area to graze

The famous Mau forest is yet facing another fresh setback as farmers re-enter the protected forest to graze.

Farmers pushed their livestock to graze in the protected region, posing a fresh difficulty for the authorities in maintaining Mau Forest.

Following the successful removal of illegal residents in the water catchment region, stray donkeys are damaging newly planted saplings in the forest.

Hundreds of beasts of burden employed by residents to transport grass for their cattle and other household purposes have been blamed for uprooting new seedlings, thwarting efforts to reestablish forest cover.

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And the local environmentalists are now urging the government to prohibit donkeys, as well as other livestock, from entering the forest, which has been gazetted.

On November 1, 2019, over 35,000 illegal settlers left the Mau forest, and the government has since planted over two million tree seedlings in the over 40,000-hectare repaired area with the help of partners.

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