Forests and Post-War Settlement

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Graham R.M
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Many people regard forests primarily as a source of supply for timber, fuel or poles, and it is true that these are essential commodities. Nevertheless, it cannot be too strongly emphasized that in a country such as Kenya by far the most important function of forests is that of conserving available water supplies. Until this basic fact is recognized, not only by executive members of the Government, but also by those members of the public and of the Colonial service who have power to deal with the disposal of land for various purposes, there will always be the possibility of important or even vital water-catchment areas now under forest, bamboo or bush being given out for "development" to satisfy the demand by Europeans or natives for more agricultural Land.
East African Agricultural And Forestry Journal, IX (No. 1), p. 47-48