Forestry and Ecology

A forest is more than just a cluster of trees; it goes beyond the sum of its parts. Forests are complex ecosystems, home to a myriad of plants and animals. No two forests are the same; young and old, broad-leafed and conifers, temperate and desert – each has a spirit all its own, and a unique character.

Afforestation in Israel

Afforestation in Israel

When KKL-JNF first started, the goal was to green Israel, by planting large expanses of fast-growing conifers. As awareness of biodiversity developed, KKL-JNF's approach to forestry changed.

Combating Desertification

Combating Desertification

In Israel, the concept of “making the desert bloom” was accepted long before anyone had coined the concept of “climate change.” As time went by, combatting desertification became a principal value of national importance.

Preventing Forest Fires

Preventing Forest Fires

Israel's Mediterranean climate is typified by warm, dry and rainless summers. When temperatures run high and hot, dry winds blow. Fires start easily and are hard to extinguish. KKL-JNF plays a major role in preventing and extinguishing wildfires.

Rehabilitating Forests

Rehabilitating Forests

When forests in Israel are ravaged by missiles, arson or wildfires, KKL-JNF takes upon itself the immense task of rehabilitating them, so that they can be enjoyed by people and wildlife once again.
 

Planning for Open Spaces

Planning for Open Spaces

KKL-JNF’s Planning Division provides the basis for the organization’s long-term planning by means of its Development Administration and ongoing activities planning. The Planning Division is staffed by professionals at both the head office and regional levels.

Trees in KKL-JNF Forests

Trees in KKL-JNF Forests

Forests and parks were not always part of Israel's landscape. The first Jewish pioneers who came to the land of Israel, towards the end of the twentieth century, found a desolate land that provided no shade whatsoever.
 

UN International Day of Forests

UN International Day of Forests

The United Nations General Assembly has proclaimed March 21st the International Day of Forests to celebrate all types of forests and raise awareness of the importance of woodlands.

Testing Trees from around the World

Testing Trees from around the World

KKL-JNF's 50 acre Gilat tree nursery in the south is a testing ground for trees from all over the world to see which species are suitable for growing in Israel.