Israel is committed to establishing forests as part of its sustainable land- management policy in order to combat desertification as well as restore, develop and manage its natural resources. Since the inception of the Keren Kayemet (JNF) in 1901, approximately 260 million trees have been planted. Israel is one of the few countries in the world to have more trees now than it had a century ago. Originally synonymous with pine trees, Israel’s forests these days are varied, and provide ecosystems to a broad range of plants and animals, and also serve as wonderful recreation areas.
Rejuvenating Burnt Forests
In Israel, forest fires happen as a result of the wildfires, arson and also missiles from neighbouring regions. These affect the local vegetation and the forest’s wildlife. A forest can take thirty years to regenerate. The KKL-JNF rehabilitates burnt forests by removing the dead trees, encouraging natural regeneration, monitoring the progress of the new sprouts, as well as growing alternative species that are more resilient to wildfires. Amongst its preventative measures the KKL-JNF educates Israeli youth about forests, encourages community activities in the forests, and installs firebreaks and water points.