Thursday, September 30, 2021
The wisdom of waiting
Israeli newsite YNET recently documented wildlife returning to the burnt forests of the Jerusalem hills. In YNET's accompanying article, Amir Balaban from the Society for the Protection of Nature (SPNI) stresses the importance of letting nature heal itself. In concurrencce with this approach, KKL-JNF's forestry policy ensures the natural regeneration and natural succession (process by which forests regrow in stages) of burnt forests.
Translated and edited by: Anna Reizel (September, 2021)
Video by: Amir Balaban, Society for the Protection of Nature, for YNET, Wildlife Channel
With the promise of continued and new life, the article goes on to warn against initiating any planting for years to come and explains the wisdom of the policy of natural regeneration.
As the planters and stewards of Israel's forests, KKL-JNF concurs with the course of action as described by SPNI. KKL-JNF's forestry policy ensures the natural regeneration and natural succession (process by which forests regrow in stages) of burnt forests.
Taking the factor of climate crisis into consideration, KKL-JNF's forest management policy is currently being updated as regards post-fire forest rehabilitation, comprising part of a comprehensive forestry policy document.
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Photos by: Amir Balaban, Society for the protection of Nature, 2021
According to Gilad Ostrovsky, Chief KKL-JNF Forester and Director of the Forestry Department, the three main components of rehabilitation include:
1) Immediate operations to ensure safety along roads and picnic and recreation sites, felling burnt trees and clearing burnt material.
2) Gathering information and preparing a long-term rehabilitation program.
3) Surveying the type and extent of damage to infrastructure and forest vegetation, during and after the wet winter season, and planning their restoration. Deciding to implement supplementary plantings will be made only after at least two years, on condition that desired growth does not occur naturally.
Now, following the High Holiday season, the KKL-JNF Forestry Department is organizing a work team and holding discussions and study sessions to better understand the megafire event, which involved ~3,700 acres of forest, and defining directions for improving fire prevention and management.