HC Deb 27 July 1938 vol 338 cc3086-7
27. Mr. Mathers

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what steps are being taken by the Government of Kenya to preserve the existing forests in native reserves and to encourage reafforestation and tree-planting in these areas?

Mr. M. MacDonald

Efforts are being made by propaganda, instruction and the planting of demonstration plots to impress the natives with the importance of this matter. Local native councils are encouraged to maintain tree nurseries and to distribute plants. Progress is being made with the demarcation of the areas already declared to be forest reserves and efforts are also being made to persuade the local native councils concerned to agree to further areas of forests being brought under the direct control of the Forest Department.

Mr. Mathers

Is any financial assistance being given to help in that very important work?

Mr. MacDonald

I should like to have notice of that.

Mr. Robert Gibson

What is the type of timber? Is it valuable?

Mr. MacDonald

Again, I should like to have notice of that.

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