The Gurevich Family Woodland forms part of the green belt of KKL-JNF forests planted around Beersheba, affording a green lung for the Negev’s capital.
BY KKL-JNF NOVEMBER 28, 2018 17:48 (JPOST)
Situated to the north of Beersheba, the woodland extends over an area of around 40 dunam (approx. 10 acres) and includes tamarisk, acacia and several different types of eucalypt. Returning to the site after a number of years of absence and seeing how the trees have grown into a beautiful green grove causes the heart to swell with gratification.
“We planted little saplings here that were less than a meter in height, and today they’re over two meters tall,” declares KKL-JNF Western Negev forester Benny Rubinov with satisfaction.
Of course, none of this happens on its own. For planting trees in arid areas, KKL-JNF foresters have developed special techniques that make the very best use of every single drop of available water. They create limans – temporary pools of water – in the bottom of gullies and shikhim, or embankments, that trap rainwater and prevent erosion of the soil. The Gurevich Family Woodland provides excellent examples of these planting methods.
These remarkable techniques, which are based upon those used by the Nabatean population in ancient times, have won KKL-JNF worldwide renown where combating desertification and planting forests in arid regions are concerned.
“Experts from all over the world come to the Negev to study this wonder at first hand,” says Rubinov.
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