KKL-JNF Foresters Evaluate Storm Alexa Damages
Last month’s snowstorm, which caused serious damage throughout the country, has left its mark on Biriya Forest in northern Israel: whole trees have fallen, treetops have broken, access roads are blocked and many recreation areas have suffered damage. In KKL-JNF’s Northern Region, forestry workers and Afforestation Division staff are busy surveying the area in order to estimate the extent of the damage and are already planning how to rehabilitate the forest. So far some 9,000 dunam of the total forest area of 20,000 dunam (one dunam = approx a quarter of an acre) are estimated to have been damaged. Foresters in the Golan Heights are currently engaged in a similar survey, while in Jerusalem and the surrounding hills, repairs to recreation areas and forest trails are already underway.
In the course of a professional tour of the Biriya and Meron forests on January 6th 2014, the experts agreed that rehabilitation efforts should focus on woodland trails and recreation areas, and that other locations could wait for the present. KKL-JNF’s Head Forester David Brand defined the objective of the tour as follows: “In the short term, our goal is to evaluate what action we have to take in order to repair the damage. In the long term, it’s important for us to achieve some new insights as a result of the storm and its consequences.”
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