Scholarships apart, KKL-JNF’s collaboration with the Faculty of Agriculture includes research assistance, practical experience for students and the provision of forestry jobs for graduates. Events on scholarship award day included presentations of new research by academics, KKL-JNF professionals and scholarship recipients, all in fields related to forestry and the management of open spaces.
Professor Shmulik Wolf, Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture, declared the collaboration between the Faculty and KKL-JNF to be a wonderful example of how to connect students to the profession they will follow in the future. “This is also an opportunity to thank the Appleby family once again for the help they have extended to the students,” he said.
“What the Faculty is doing with the relationship between forestry, agriculture, tourism and the economy is tremendously important,” said Kobi Mor, Director of the KKL-JNF Land Development Authority. “Bringing in professionals with knowledge of the fields the Faculty deals with will contribute greatly to KKL-JNF.”
To date, KKL-JNF has planted a total of over 240 million trees and has developed hundreds of parks, recreation areas, scenic lookouts, footpaths and cycle trails, all of which attract the general public out into the woodlands. As one of the posters on display at the event proclaimed, “Forests don’t grow on trees. Someone has to plan them, plant them, tend them, put out their fires and look after them.”
Chief Forester David Brand, who is the Director of KKL-JNF’s Afforestation Division, reviewed the Foresters of the Future program and reminded those present that, apart from its involvement with the scholarships, KKL-JNF also employs twelve students in its various units each summer. “Both sides gain from this arrangement,” he said. “The students get a chance to observe the practical applications of what they have learned, while KKL-JNF benefits from the know-how of these knowledgeable youngsters who can help us improve our forest management skills and cope with the challenges of the future.”