Similarities of softwood forests in Kenya and Canada
- Softwood forests in both countries experience the problems of pests and diseases, fires, soil erosion, and overexploitation.
- Softwood forest products are similar e.g. sawn timber, wood pulp, paper, poles, etc.
- Softwood forests in both countries grow in places with heavy rainfall, cool temperatures, heavy rainfall, and rugged terrain.
- Forest products earn foreign exchange in both countries.
- Tree species are similar e.g. there is pine in both countries.
- Species of trees differ e.g. in Kenya there is Kenya cedar and podo while in Canada there is Douglas fir and white pine
- Canada’s softwoods are mainly natural while Kenya’s are mostly planted.
- Kenya’s softwood forests are found in highlands while Canada’s are found in lowlands due to cool temperatures.
- Canada’s softwood forests cover large tracts of land than Kenya’s.
- In Kenya, softwood forests are propagated by afforestation while in Canada it’s by leaving some trees uncut so that they produce seeds to be dispersed naturally.
- Canada’s softwood forests take longer to mature than Kenya’s due to severe winter temperatures.
- Kenya’s softwood forests are planted in rows and easily exploitable unlike Canada’s which grow naturally and haphazardly.