The Friends have received funding to carry out patrols and help heighten the security of the forest.
In May and June we carried out three patrols employing seven members of the community over 21 days. On the first patrol 44 snares including two large mammal snares were recovered sadly one dik-dik was found dying and three jerry cans for transport game meat were confiscated.
On another patrol one man was intercepted cutting trees, he got away but two cross cut saws, four files and two water bottles were impounded.
Throughout the patrols many illegal activities were noted and three people were arrested on a motorbike with seven kgs of Lesser Kudu meat.
On Saturday 10 June committee member Deborah Goodhart had a telephone call, while in Nairobi, from a young man who was visiting his home from college and observing logging in the forest, he had got her number from the Friends Facebook page. Deborah contacted Lissa Ruben who immediately got in touch Sammy Safari who then contacted KWS warden LK Lenguro and they attended the area where 130 indigenous timber poles were seized and one arrest made.
This was a major find and all power to social media.