Everyone knows about the Israel Defense Forces’ elite units, which protect the state against its enemies. But have you heard of the new mounted volunteer force that KKL-JNF has created in order to protect its forests? They carry no deadly weapons, and are armed instead with generous hearts and a desire to volunteer and contribute. They do not conquer the land with tanks, nor do they soar skywards in warplanes, but their horses can reach every corner of the forest and sometimes appear no less determined than their riders. At a festive ceremony held in Ben Shemen Forest on April 25th, the first group of 35 rangers received their diplomas.
From now on, KKL-JNF’s Rangers will serve as an elite forest protection force, and will keep the organization updated on all problems such as flooding, fires, litter and inappropriate behavior on the part of visitors to the woodlands.
“It’s a great privilege to volunteer, especially in a country like ours,” said Ranger Unit Commander Ronen Bar. “It’s our duty to conserve our home and our homeland for ourselves, our children and the generations to come.” With regard to the collaboration with KKL-JNF he said, “I’ve never met such a wonderful group of people as these, who dedicate their entire lives to our country.”
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