Forestry and Ecology News

Monday, February 14, 2011 10:14 AM

"These hands are covered with the mud of the land of Israel," said Marek Balicki, a member of the Polish parliament, on Friday, February 4, after planting a tree in the Carmel Forest. Mr. Balicki was visiting Israel as part of a delegation of the Second Policy Conference of EFI –European Friends of Israel, which took place on February 5-8 in Jerusalem. 

Monday, February 14, 2011 10:14 AM

Throughout the period of the terrible fire that raged on Mount Carmel in early December, ground and air teams dispatched from a variety of different countries could be observed lending Israel a helping hand. Switzerland sent a special team of the Swiss Air Force and the Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit (SHA) comprising 37 people and three firefighting helicopters.

Monday, February 14, 2011 10:14 AM


On Wednesday, February 9, KKL-JNF's Aminadav tree planting center in the Judean Mountains hosted a group of seventeen sixth graders from the Maimonides Academy of Los Angeles, California, and 24 pupils from Tel Aviv's Meron elementary school. The two schools are part of a twinning program initiated by the Los Angeles Jewish Federation, and the American children are spending ten days touring Israel, staying at the homes of their Israeli friends.

Thursday, February 03, 2011 10:14 AM


The giant fire in the Carmel forests, in which 44 people were killed and 35,000 dunams of forests and natural woodlands were burned, did not leave the public apathetic. Over the past few weeks, KKL-JNF has given work to over 3,000 volunteers who have come to the Carmel for forest work in order to assist nature in its arduous rehabilitation.

Tuesday, February 01, 2011 10:14 AM

One of the general public's most heartwarming responses to the huge Carmel forest fire has been the desire to participate in the Carmel rehabilitation process. To date, only a month after the fire ended, over 2,400 volunteers from Israel and abroad have spent time in the forests doing whatever is necessary to mitigate the damage to nature and to better prepare the region for future conflagrations.

Thursday, December 30, 2010 10:14 AM


"The forest is our home, and we fought for it fiercely."

Sunday, December 26, 2010 10:14 AM

Although over four years have passed since the Second Lebanese War, its scars can still be seen in Biriya Forest in the Upper Galilee – bald spots in the forest, the result of the fire. Rehabilitation of the forest took three years and was completed, but it will still take many more years until the burnt forest looks like it did before the war.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010 10:14 AM

"As of this moment, we are still studying the extent of the damage. There are certain things that we won't know until the spring, when we will see which trees blossom and find out if they're still alive. We're not cutting many trees down yet, even if they're burned, because their roots help prevent soil erosion."

Wednesday, December 15, 2010 10:14 AM


Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and KKL-JNF World Chairman Efi Stenzler organized a tribute for the ambassadors of the countries who assisted Israel in putting out the Carmel forest fire, hosting them at a special appreciation ceremony. Foreign Minister Lieberman and the KKL-JNF Chairman to the ambassadors: "You saved the Carmel. We should jointly create an international task force to deal with future catastrophes."

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