All these trees were cut in the karisia hills in order to extract honey. it is a virgin forest and these podocarpus trees would be worth a great deal if harvested for timber. instead they rot. Does this make sense? No. What a sad state Kenya’s forests are in.
On the lower slopes hundreds of women are taking out cedar posts that they are selling in the local markets. the forestry department is obviously doing nothing to prevent this and is said by the locals to be in on the sale of the wood.