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Opinion | Plant for the sake of the environment - and for us as a society Israel today


The open areas in Israel suffer from the dumping of waste and damage caused by illegal agricultural cultivation.

The riots in the Negev over the planting of the KKL-JNF made headlines last week, emphasizing the national-political-social side and even provoking widespread discussion about the place of the shmita year in this context. .

Except in special cases, no trees are planted.

This is a year dedicated to the rest of the earth and man, to the redistribution of resources and to the care of the resident and the resident.

For us, this is a good opportunity to reflect, plan and point out some of the important changes that have taken place in the field of planting in Israel.

Quite a bit has been said recently in condemnation of the plantations, and there have been claims that the forest is not contributing to tackling the climate crisis.

However, at the climate conference in Glasgow, about two months ago, it was emphasized once again what many studies have also proved - that forests are an important part of the infrastructure for moderating rising temperatures and dealing with extreme events.

Forests provide a variety of essential benefits for the environment and man, especially when climate change: Extensive forest areas are needed to provide quality spaces for leisure and recreation, hiking and cycling, to provide quality shaded space, to support soil conservation and to reduce floods.

Beyond that, afforestation supports the grazing industry, with animal grazing providing an essential service of reducing the risk of fire outbreaks.

To this end, it is important to prevent continuous erosion in forests, to create a forest sequence that connects to the ecological corridors, to prevent and reduce forest fires and to create a forest that is resilient and resistant to the changes that threaten it.

Renewal of aging forests - based on natural regeneration - and planting new forests are essential for this.

An important move in the climatic aspect is the design of the renewable forest so that it includes a variety of species and a variety of ages of trees, in a way that will give it resilience over the years.

Along with its climatic function, another important purpose of afforestation is to rehabilitate areas.

Unfortunately, the open areas in Israel suffer from waste dumping and damage caused by illegal agricultural cultivation, which causes increased soil erosion and damage to infrastructure.

Forestry plays an important role in stopping the pests and conserving the land, especially in the northern Negev.

The climate crisis has brought the world an important central insight: diversity is resilience.

Indeed, we make a great effort to preserve and nurture the ecological assets in the forest.

In the last two years we have conducted dozens of ecological surveys in the forest, in which we have discovered several endemic species in the forests, as well as endangered species.

It turns out diverse hair at varying levels of shading, from dense forest to forest baldness, provides optimal conditions for a large number of species and allows them to thrive.

Based on the findings of the ecological surveys, we determine the appropriate forestry interface, including the appropriate season for work and the level of coverage required.

Some important species that are in the forest and familiar to everyone are the Gilboa iris, the Nazarene iris, orchid species and more.

Towards Tu B'Shvat, we commend the contribution of the trees to the environment and society and the place of the forests as an open and accessible space for everyone. Everyone is welcome to come and walk, get to know and experience the wonders of the trees and the forest. 

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Source: israelhayom

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