As the state's forester, in the second decade of the 21st century KKL-JNF has planted and cares for 400,000 dunams of natural woodland and another 400,000 dunams of grazing pasture. The master plan that KKL-JNF develops for each forest determines the status of the forests and gives statutory protection to existing and future forests.
KKL-JNF is changing its attitude to forest management. It aspires to manage the land, not the trees that grow there, and to intervene in the life of the forest as little as possible, according to its designation. Thus, for example, it does not hurry to plant trees to replace a forest that has burned down, but examines the area's natural renewal capability. The pioneering forests planted by KKL-JNF are gradually giving way to a new generation of forests. Israel's future forest will be a product based on scientific research, on trees from excellent plant sources that are suited to their environment and on monitoring and management that suit the forest's aims.
KKL-JNF plants nectar trees, which serve as pasture for bees and also security forests that hide the Gaza Envelope settlements from the eyes of the enemy in the Gaza Strip. KKL-JNF's desert forests contribute a special green hue. KKL-JNF dedicates special attention to combating desertification, a destructive process that turns fertile lands into wastelands due to incorrect farming, overuse and climate changes. KKL-JNF has accumulated much experience in reversing the process and increasing the fertility of poor land, for the benefit of both humans and nature.
Climate change causes an increase in the number and intensity of fires throughout the entire world. Every year hundreds of fires break out in KKL-JNF forests, whether due to the carelessness of hikers or to arson. The public does not hear of most of them, as KKL-JNF's warning and firefighting system puts out the fire before much damage is caused. This system includes observation towers and a fleet of Yaarit forest-fire trucks – compact firefighting vehicles with high navigability on the forest roads. KKL-JNF has updated its approach to rehabilitation of forests that are damaged by fire and bases it mainly on the ecosystem's natural renewal processes.