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NYAMBAI FOREST ON THE VERGE OF BECOMING TREELESS

Another challenge we face is caused by people that come here for hunting purposes, just recently there was a fire outbreak that engulfed almost half of the forest area, people should be vigilant in making sure that the forest is well preserved and made a safe home for wild animals too, Mr. Baldeh concluded.
Nyambai Forest which is said to be one of the biggest land reserves in West coast Region is said to be on the verge of becoming treeless because of the constant cutting of tress by villagers living around the forest and the recent fire outbreak that engulfed almost half of the forest area.

The forest reserve have been protected over the years by the Department of Forestry and this was done to make sure that no illegal cutting down of tress was done in the forest area.

Nato Jawara a vendor at the Farato market told us that the forest has played a very important role in her life as a single mother. “I have been selling firewood for over 9 years now and this has helped me to pay school fees for my children coupled with other things needed in keeping a family” she said, adding that the people should make good use of the forest and they should stop cutting down trees because this she said will cause more harm than good to the general populace.

Another challenge we face is caused by people that come here for hunting purposes, just recently there was a fire outbreak that engulfed almost half of the forest area, people should be vigilant in making sure that the forest is well preserved and made a safe home for wild animals too, Mr. Baldeh concluded.

Mr. Yerro Jallow, however, made a clarification that people working at the Forest Department blame them (firewood sellers) for causing most of the damages at the Nyambai Forest but he said it is those that use these tress for carpentry jobs that are causing more harm adding that the kind of woods they use as firewood are usually dry woods that hang on Gmalina tress or the dry roots of tress that have been cut and left to dry.

We also engaged the forest department that is responsible for protecting and safeguarding the Nyambai Forest area. Mr. Samba Baldeh told us that they have been working tirelessly to make sure that people living in villages around the forest are stopped from cutting down trees and that if anyone is found guilty their cutlass or any type of machined used in the process is taken away from them and kept in their headquarters while other due processes follow.

Another challenge we face is caused by people that come here for hunting purposes, just recently there was a fire outbreak that engulfed almost half of the forest area, people should be vigilant in making sure that the forest is well preserved and made a safe home for wild animals too, Mr. Baldeh concluded.

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