No, these trees are not from Kinale Forest. - iVerify Kenya

No, these trees are not from Kinale Forest.


The images shown in different frames are not all from Kinale Forest, as some of them are taken at different locations and do not represent the current state, contrary to what is claimed.

The aforementioned trees are specifically identified as pine trees and are not native to the region. These trees are considered exotic, having been intentionally planted for the purpose of harvesting them once they reach maturity.

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Verified Jul, 19 2023


Trees chopped down in Kinale Forest

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The iVerify Network of Fact-Checking Desks has fact-checked this content and established that it is False.

To arrive to this conclusion, the iVerify Network of Fact-Checking Desks has conducted the following process. A reverse image search uncovers that frame one depicts a section of the Mau Forest, which was severely damaged due to logging activities. This image was initially captured and shared in an article by Nation Africa on August 24, 2015, with updates provided on June 29, 2020. In response to the ecological devastation, the Kenya Forest Service (KFS) initiated a strategic management plan to restore the Mau Conservancy, which serves as the largest water catchment area in Kenya.

The second frame showcases the breathtaking Kinale Forest, located approximately 60 kilometers from Nairobi along the Nairobi-Naivasha highway, specifically through the Kinungi route. The image captures a scene of harvesting in progress, as confirmed by a representative from the Kenya Forest Service (KFS) during our communication with them. The photograph was taken on July 14, 2023.

The third frame captures an ongoing operation at a pine plantation in Chemususu Forest, Baringo County. The image was shared in a tweet by KFS on July 16, 2023. The post depicts the harvesting of over-mature exotic pine species in the forest plantation.

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