It was a successful tree planting season.
When almost everyone around was losing hope of the short rains this season, the forest staff and neighboring communities were enthusiastically waiting for the traditional annual tree planting .The week-long exercise started with the Ngarendare springs on the northern boundary, to end at the Kisima catchment site. The main occasion on the 12th of November was graced by the Safaricom Foundation, Oldonyo farm, NRT and Lewa staff, schools and neighboring communities. A total of 11,600 indigenous seedlings were planted. Thee Standard Newspaper wrote an article on some of the conservation and attraction activities going on at the Ngarendare Forest. See full article here.
1-for-1 On-farm tree planting Programme Kicks Off!
This is another opportunity for the surrounding small scale farmers to play a part in the realization of our conservation vision. The programme aims at supporting on-farm tree planting to increase the canopy cover of the surrounding areas. Farmers are taking advantage of the rains while the Trust donates 1 seedling for each one purchased from the community nurseries. This year, NRT has supported the programme through their Livelihood funds to NNFT 2016.
Big Thank you to our supporters 2016!
We are greatly indebted to all our Friends of Ngarendare (FON) and, stakeholders, supporters and all those who contributed to the success of NNFT in 2016 in one way or another. In particular we would we would like to recognize the support accorded by Timaflor Ltd towards our operating costs, NRT for their support to community projects through their Livelihood Funds, and The Paul Epsom Foundation for their support to the community nurseries and the on-farm tree planting programme. We recognize the continuous support accorded to us by the Tusk Trust towards our security operations through the Safaricom marathon funds, and the Oldonyo Farm for support to the elephants fence. We are greatly indebted to Safaricom Foundation through their continuous support to the Annual Tree planting events, and the Wateringhole Foundation for their support to purchase a new vehicle for the Trust. We take this opportunity to thank the surrounding lodges, particularly Sirikoi, Borana, Lewa Safari camp, Wilderness Trails, Sirai house and Rift Valley Adventures for their continuous supply of visitors to our ecotourism Enterprise. To all of you and those not mentioned here we say a huge thank you and wish you merry x-mass and a happy new year 2017.
We sincerely thank the FON members for their commitment and faith in conserving the Ngarendare Forest. Your annual subscriptions to the group is valuable to us for enabling us and goes to ease some our operations costs. We kindly remind our existing members to renew their subscriptions in January 2017. For the new members please see here
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