Today, JNF and its partners must grapple with the
challenge of balancing the phenomenal growth and
development Israel has experienced in the last
decade with the maintenance of an ecologically sound
environment. JNF has been increasingly responsive to
the rapidly evolving needs of the country: new water
resources, including finding alternative techniques
for utilizing waste water as well as brackish and
flood water sources, soil conservation issues and
JNF, historically committed to
strengthening the ties between man and land,
has led successful efforts to ensure the
legislative protection of designated areas
With today's technological
advances, JNF's role as guardian of the land
becomes ever more critical.
Israel is one of only two
countries in the world that entered the 21st
century with a net gain in its number of
trees. But Israel was not blessed with
natural forests; its forests are all
hand-planted. When the pioneers of the State
arrived, they were greeted by barren land.
To claim the land that had been purchased
with the coins collected in JNF blue and
white pushkes, the next order of business
was to plant trees among the rocky hillsides
and sandy soil.
Since it was established
in 1901, JNF has planted more than 240
million trees all over the State of Israel,
providing luscious belts of green covering
more than 250,000 acres. JNF national forest
development work creates “green lungs”
around congested towns and cities, and
provides recreation and respite for all
Israelis. While the forests of Israel belong
to the people, JNF ensures their
environmental soundness and is focusing on
diversification, planting trees indigenous
to the Middle East such as native oaks,
carob, redbud, almond, pear, hawthorn,
cypress and the exotic Atlantic cedar.
can purchase trees and help maintain
Israel's green spaces through our online
Tree Planting Center by clicking
JNF battles approximately
1,000 forest fires every year during the
five fire-prone months. Although half are
caused by negligence, the others are
attributable to arson and hostile actions.
With a commitment to research, equipment and
training, JNF is making demonstrable
progress in minimizing loss.
After 10,000 acres of hand-planted forest
were destroyed by Katyusha rockets in the
summer of 2006, JNF launched Operation
Northern Renewal to help replant and replace
the topsoil that was burned away. JNF donors
also answered the call to replace Israel’s
aging fleet of fire trucks with new, compact
trucks that can more easily maneuver in
forests or city streets. Many more are
out more about purchasing a fire truck
for a community in Israel by calling your
local JNF office at 1-888-JNF-0099.
deteriorating, nonproductive agricultural
lands and the transformation of land in the
Negev for agricultural use are today's
primary challenges in maintaining Israel's
agricultural independence. Good farming
depends on good land; good land depends on
In Israel, JNF is the
only body with responsibility for soil
conservation. A founding member of the
International Arid Lands Consortium, JNF has
put Israel in a global leadership position
on soil conservation. Current activities
include limiting the devastation of further
erosion in the Negev and efforts to preserve
soil quality in the inland valley areas.
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