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KKL-JNF Afforestation Objectives: The Preservation of Diverse and Sustainable Forests that Offers Services to the Public
Principles of Operation
KKL-JNF places great importance on nurturing biodiversity within its forests.
Biodiversity has increased in managed forests, so that they now represent a
broad spectrum of habitats in which “patches” create a rich fabric of forest
trees. The increase in diversity in the KKL-JNF managed forests should be
manifested in a diversity of species, age, and layers in the forests, all within
the limits of KKL-JNF’s ability to maintain a reasonable and efficient
combination of woodlands and open spaces containing natural habitats enables,
among other things, diverse services to the vacationing / recreating public.
Those visiting rest areas to picnic will enjoy the shady groves, and at the same
time will be able to view and experience natural treasures; those coming to hike
and vacation in the heart of nature will be able to encounter diverse landscapes
containing varied natural phenomena.
and developing flora components in
gradient of rainfall quantities creates natural variety and diverse landscape
patterns, reflecting the quantity of available water, according to which the
vegetation makeup and groundcover also varies, creating a climax for each
habitat. It is important to establish forests that foster maximum compatibility
of trees to environmental conditions and extensive, knowledge-intensive
management methods, together with the nurturing of natural processes and minimum
intervention by foresters.
shows that in forests planted by humans, natural thinning is not an efficient
way to strengthen the forest, and overcrowding creates a forest that is
inaccessible to visitors, composed of weak trees that are vulnerable to pests.
Therefore, in those areas where the KKL-JNF continues to plant trees, so as not
to depend on natural renewal, it will plant at a density compatible with the
purposes of the forest and the quality of the habitat. Concurrently, it will
make every effort to adhere to management and thinning protocols, based on the
life cycle of the specific forest.
are the largest competitors for planted and renewed forest trees at the nascent
stage. Up until now, spraying of the planted plots and paths with herbicides was
considered the least costly and most efficient way of fighting weeds, with
little consideration given to external costs. In an effort to establish
sustainable management practices, the KKL-JNF will minimize the use of
herbicides while striving to keep the use of all substances harmful to humans
and nature to a minimum, and to halt the use of the compound Simzine by the end
of 2007. In order to implement this decision, relevant studies, surveys, and
experiments will be conducted as expeditiously as possible.
sustainable afforestation policy requires that pest eradication be carried out
only according to integrated pest management practices, through the utilization
of biological enemies or the spraying of environmentally friendly compounds. In
no circumstances will use of toxins take place in forests, particularly
their botanical roles in renewing ecosystems, burning may be dangerous to the
forests’ existence and harmful to the ecosystem. In extreme circumstances,
burning can even damage the immediate surroundings, including communities and
nearby installations. It is therefore incumbent upon the KKL-JNF, as the steward
of the forests, to establish a security / fire warning system for the forests.
This both involves preventative measures (removing accumulated combustible
waste), improvement of firefighter access, and establishing an alert system and
independent firefighting capability as accepted in forest services around the
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