Afforestation and Trees in Israel

At KKL-JNF, we know the secrets of the forest. When we first started, our goal was to green Israel, and we planted large expanses of fast-growing conifers. For many years, KKL-JNF was synonymous with planted pine forests in Israel. As awareness on the importance of biodiversity grew, our approach to forestry changed. Today’s forests barely resemble those of the past – they are varied and open, providing a welcoming home to a broad range of plants and animals, and serve as wonderful recreation for all types of people.

Jerusalem Forest. Photo: Yossi Zamir, KKL-JNF Photo Archive

Forest Facts

Forest Facts

What do forests do for us?
What do we do for our forests?
Read on to find out more!

Managing and Studying Forests at KKL-JNF

Managing and Studying Forests at KKL-JNF

How does KKL-JNF work with trees to improve the environment in Israel? Read on!
 

Forest Management Policy of Israel

Forest Management Policy of Israel

This document defines and outlines the forestry goals in Israel, the various forest types found here, and the planning and management principles to be employed in them.

National Master Plan for Forests

National Master Plan for Forests

A KKL-JNF policy document broadly reviewing afforestation plans in the sphere of planning and action in Israel, especially its effect on planning at the national and local levels. 
 

Turning the Desert Green

Turning the Desert Green

Learn about Yatir Forest, the largest man-made forest in Israel, and how it has impacted the surrounding desert area.
 

ARTICLE: Afforestation in Israel

ARTICLE: Afforestation in Israel

Co-authored by KKL-JNF forestry professionals, this article was published on pages 273-80 in Forestry for People, a UN publication for the 2011 International Year of Forests.

Martyrs Forest as a Model for Biodiversity

Martyrs Forest as a Model for Biodiversity

Forest Management Master Plan according to the principles of the new Forest Management Policy of Israel (2014) - Kedoshim (Martyrs) Forest as a model.

Sataf Forest

Sataf Forest

Management plan for Sataf Forest in the Jerusalem Hills, according to the principles of Forest Management Policy in Israel.

Tzora and Eshtaol Forests

Tzora and Eshtaol Forests

Management master plan for Tzora and Eshtaol Forests in the Judean Plain, according to the principles of Forest Management Policy in Israel.