The Ngare Ndare Forest is a lush indigenous forest located in the foothills of Mount Kenya. At the base of waterfalls, azure pools glisten, and 200-year-old trees stretch into the canopy, supporting a diverse range of bird and animal life. The forest is an important corridor that connects the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy to Mount Kenya, and elephants have used it for centuries. Farmland on the southern side of the forest became more developed in the 1980s, and farmers encountered elephants on a regular basis. In 1992, the forest was fenced off from southern farmland in an attempt to reduce fatal human/wildlife conflict. Despite this, the Ngare Ndare Forest Trust was not established until 2004, and a concession management agreement with the Kenya Forest Service was not finalized until 2009.