Thousands of people from all sectors of Israel’s populace went out on Tu Bishvatto plant trees throughout the country.
The central ceremony took place in Lahav Forest in the Northern Negev with the participation of students, soldiers, the heads of KKL-JNF and the heads of local regional authorities. 70 new trees were planted in the forest, marking 70 years since Israel was founded.
Lahav Forest was first planted in the 1960s, and today the forest spreads out over an area of about 9,000 acres, including approximately a million trees. Over the years, KKL-JNF foresters developed unique techniques for planting in arid and semi-arid areas. Trees are planted in limans – shallow water harvesting pools, and in shikhim – earth embankments that help prevent erosion. The expertise of KKL-JNF’s foresters has earned the organization international acclaim in the field of combating desertification.