7 COMPARISON OF SOFTWOOD FORESTS IN KENYA AND CANADA

7 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.
  • 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 of softwood forests in Kenya and Canada

  • 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.

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