(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
From the early morning hours of Israel Independence Day, holiday vacationers took to the roads throughout Israel. Early risers hurried to "get a spot" in the Ben Shemen and Haruvit forests in the central region, in Yatir and Hamalachim forests in the south, and in Biriya and Baram forests in the north.
Every year, Independence Day is a holiday when a record amount of visitors come to the forests, recreation sites and parks developed and maintained by KKL-JNF with the help of its friends worldwide. KKL-JNF foresters patrolled the forests, distributed biodegradable garbage bags to the visitors and explained about fire prevention rules.
KKL-JNF organized special outings during the holiday for people of all ages. Hundreds of people participated in them. In the central region, the most popular activity was a special family outing on the 1948 Trail in Rabin Park
that included activities led by KKL-JNF National Service volunteers; in the north there was an outing entitled "How a Border is Born" that told the story of how Hanita
was founded and of the reality along the border from the 1980s until today; and in the south there was an Independence Day hike in the western Negev in the footsteps of past and present-day pioneers.
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