IDC Herzliya Students 758x530.
(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
On Monday, October 20, about 300 local and foreign students from the Herzliya Interdisciplinary College worked alongside KKL-JNF foresters and carried out hands-on woodland maintenance tasks.
"We could have chosen projects in the city, but it's great to be working out in nature. It feels more like a celebration than work!" Tal, a first-year Business Administration student at the Interdisciplinary College of Herzliya (IDC Herzliya), was busy working in Ofer Forest in the Carmel mountain range along with Barak, Shalom, Adi, Gilad and Romi, all IDC Herzliya students who chose to volunteer in KKL-JNF's Forester for a Day program as part of their community service track.
The Forester for a Day project allows volunteers to work alongside KKL-JNF foresters, getting to know the country, learning about nature and making their own personal contribution to the upkeep and development of the forest. The volunteer foresters undertake a variety of tasks essential for forest conservation: pruning and removing low branches that speed the spread of flames when fires break out; cutting paths to prevent fires from spreading; and removing pruned material, which can catch fire.
5775 is a sabbatical year in Israel, during which it is forbidden to plant new trees. However, tree preservation, which is about maintaining the survival of the trees, is permissible. This includes tasks that are done during a sabbatical year and on intermediate festival days for the sake of maintaining plants and trees so that they will not perish. This sort of work is generally permitted, because without it the trees would be severely harmed, and their survival would be endangered. During a sabbatical year, KKL-JNF is allowed to prune trees that have suffered severe breakage or were damaged, along with anything related to reduction of fire hazards.
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