The Laikipia region has a number of forests rich in biodiversity with tree species ranging from cedar, podo, olive, sandalwood and Prunus africana. Aside from being sources of tourism, bio enterprise, and everyday livelihoods such as fuel sources, forests are critical catchments for rivers. However, deforestation is occurring rapidly across the area.
Forest woodland vegetation dominates the bigger part of the expansive Ewaso eco-system and is constantly under threat from degradation attributed mainly to uncontrolled charcoal burning.
A community meeting with Solio settlement scheme took place on the 13th of October 2012. The aim of the meeting was to address among other issues, the management and protection of established tree planting demo-plots.