Tree Planting Celebration in Biriya Forest.
(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
Thousands of people from all sectors of the Israeli population took part in Tu Bishvat tree planting events all over the country in January and February, connecting to the country, the earth and nature. One of the events was a festive two-day tree planting event in Biriya Forest attended by two thousand people.
“It has been many years since I have missed a single tree planting day,” said Viki Alkabetz from Tzfat. “It’s very important that tree planting continues in every generation, so that people will have trees to enjoy in the future.”
The main KKL-JNF tree planting event in northern Israel was a two-day event in Biriya Forest, where trees were planted by two thousand people, including schoolchildren, teenagers, soldiers, new immigrants and other Israeli citizens. The stormy weather required postponement of the event, which took place several days after Tu Bishvat,
on January 31st and February 1st.
The numerous children who arrived from schools in northern Israel had learned a lot about the environment and were able to explain what trees contribute. “They provide us with oxygen and shade, they give us fruit, and they make the world more beautiful,” said eight-year-old Ido Daoudi from Hatzor Haglilit. “It’s fun to plant trees, and today we’re proving that children can help take care of the world.”
The work was organized by KKL-JNF foresters, who explained how to plant the tree and directed the people to the pits that had been prepared for the saplings. The team was headed by Aviram Zuk, KKL-JNF Upper Galilee and Golan Heights Regional Director, who said, “This is a wonderful Tu Bishvat celebration, where the public is helping us make the region more beautiful and also getting to know and love the forest.”
Zuk pointed out that the location selected for the tree planting was in an area that had been damaged a few years ago by a snowstorm, where many of the trees had collapsed. “We are planting cedars today, Lebanon cedar and Atlas cedar, which don’t get damaged by snow, because the snow slides off their foliage,” said Zuk. “The climate and the soil in the area are suitable for cedars, which have come to symbolize Biriya Forest.”
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