New Campsite for Youth Dedicated in Maginim Forest.
(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
KKL-JNF has opened a new youth campsite just in time for the holidays in central Israel's Maginim Forest, where the Israel Scouts youth movement has set up camp in an old pine grove in the Nachshon bloc of forests, next to the village of Karmei Yosef.
There are a hundred teenagers from the Israel Scouts youth movement in the Jerusalem vicinity, who are now staying in the new campsite, which was opened at the end of a professional process, which was carried out over several months by a team of experts from the KKL-JNF Judean Plain and Coastal Region. The site was selected by a KKL-JNF forester in the Eshtaol region after a safety and archeological survey was conducted in the forested area, which covers about 100 dunams (25 acres).
The dense and tangled forest was professionally treated under the direction of the Regional Engineer and with the supervision of the Israel Antiquities Authority. The process of developing the campsite included clearing the area by raising the treetops (i.e. pruning the lower branches to lift the canopy further from the ground) to a height of five meters in order to enable camping under the trees; thinning the trees and leaving only the stronger ones; removing trees and stumps that were dangerous and constituted safety hazards; installing an underground pipeline 1800 meters long for water to be conducted from Karmei Yosef; and regulating the access road to the campsite and adding road signs.
As a result of the productive cooperation between KKL-JNF Coastal Region personnel and youth from the Israel Scouts and Karmei Yosef, a splendid youth campsite was completed.
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