Comparison of softwood forests in Kenya and Canada

Comparison of softwood forests in Kenya and canada




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.
Similarities of softwood forests in Kenya and Canada
  • 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.

Differences

  • 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.
Softwood forests in both countries experience the problems of pests and diseases, fires, soil erosion, and overexploitation




  • 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.
Kenya’s softwood forests are found in highlands while Canada’s are found in lowlands due to cool temperatures

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