Hakaf-Het Forest, which KKL-JNF began planting in the second half of the 1950s, is designated for conservation as an open green area in the National Outline Plan for forests and forestry (TAMA 22).
The forest was planted to commemorate the fallen of the Alexandroni Brigade who feel in defense of the place in the War of Independence and it is named after them.
KKL-JNF, in collaboration with Elad municipality and Hevel Modi'in Regional Council, carries out activity in the forest according to the principles of the community forest, of which the main one is involving the community and its institutions in the life of the forest.
Elad Forest, which covers approximately 3,000 dunams and surrounds the city of Elad in a horseshoe shape on the south, east and north, is a community forest that is part of Hakaf-Het Forest.
Hakaf-Het Forest is planted on the western slopes of Samaria, which meet the Coastal Plain – an area known as Hadom HaShomron.
The hill peaks here ascend to approximately 200 meters above sea level.
The rocks that are exposed in the forest are mainly hard chalk and dolomite.
The main channel that drains the area is Nahal Mazor, one of the tributaries of the Yarkon.
Two important trails cross Hakaf-Het Forest: One of them is the Israel Trail, which crosses the length of Israel; the other is the Sea to Jerusalem cycling trail that connects Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. The region in which Elad is located is the historical territory of the tribe of Ephraim. Elad, which was founded in 1998, is named after one of the sons of the tribe, who is mentioned in the Bible: "The sons of Ephraim... and Zabad, his son Shuthelah, also Ezer and Elad" (Chronicles 1, 7: 20-21).
In 2014 the population of the city was approximately 42,000 residents, who observe a religious way of life. KKL-JNF have planted forest and woodland trees in the forest, signposted roads and walking trails and prepared picnic sites for the benefit of the public.