KKL-JNF's Eyes in the Forest - The Horshim Forest Green Patrol

A new volunteer patrol for Horshim Forest holds its first meeting in order to coordinate activities. The patrol will prevent hazards in the forest,

October 1, 2014 13:07
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KKL-JNF's Eyes in the Forest 758x530. (photo credit: KKL-JNF)

will report on special incidents and assist visitors. During the meeting, a new app produced by KKL-JNF's IT department, which will enable volunteers to report special matters directly to the KKL-JNF forester, was introduced to the group.

"There are many villages around Horshim Forest, with a variety of people who have a variety of opinions. Even so, we all want the same thing – that the forest should be healthy, taken care of and serve everyone." KKL-JNF Sharon Region Forester Sinai Paz-Tal was speaking on Wednesday, September 24, at the first meeting of volunteers for the Horshim Forest Green Patrol. 

"I can't be here all the time, so the Forest Green Patrol will be like my eyes. Whatever you see that seems out of place, like garbage, illegal tree cutting, animal traps, or whatever, report it to me immediately. 
"For example, volunteer Dan Adar saw an event in the forest last Wednesday, and the people participating in it didn't clean up after they left. He managed to find out who they were, and it turned out that they came from a well-known company. I called the company up and told them that they had a day and a half to clean the area up, and if not, I'll publicize their name in the media, Facebook, everywhere. The next day the forest was perfectly clean."

Horshim Forest, which is located in Israel's Sharon region, covers an area of about 7,000 dunams and includes walking and biking trails and recreation areas. KKL-JNF wants people to come to its forests, and the job of the volunteers is to educate the visitors, not to police them. 

According to KKL-JNF Volunteers Coordinator Yael Banin, the forest green patrol has three major goals: to identify hazards or special things like wildflowers or animals; to answer questions people have like where is there water or where do the trails lead to; and to be forest ambassadors that promote its welfare. "We don't have so many green lungs in this region, so it's really important to protect what we do have," she concluded. 

                                                         For further information, comments or permission please contact
Ahuva Bar-Lev
KKL-JNF – Information and Internet Department

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