KKL-JNF chairman Danny Atar (2nd on the right) inaugurates the newly upgraded Nir Moshe community forest..
(photo credit: DENNIS ZINN KKL-JNF)
Hundreds of local residents arrived to attend the opening of the newly upgraded Nir Moshe Community Forest.
The event began with the dedication of a new sculpture situated just inside the adjacent Nir Moshe Community Forest. It was conceived and created by Israeli sculpting couple, David and Amira Yasoor of “Stone-Age”, which specializes in environmental sculptures. David Yasoor said that after they were commissioned to create the sculpture, they examined the location and took two dominant features into account in the design.
“The first was the tree studded panoramic view, and the second was the prevailing quiet and tranquility. The sculpture is designed in such a way that it provides a frame to view the surroundings while emitting wind-generated sounds and music. A gentle breeze will produce calm sounds and energetic gusts will howl.”
The Nir Moshe Community Forest is dotted with picnic spots and scenic lookouts and crisscrossed by a network of trails for cycling and walking. The forest, which attracts visitors from all over the country and from abroad, was planted in the 1950’s by KKL-JNF, and covers 1243 dunam (about 300 acres) of pines, eucalyptus, cypress trees and lots of shrubs.
Recent renovations, made possible thanks to a generous donation from KKL Switzerland, and carried out by KKL-JNF, included forging new paths, upgrading existing trails, erecting more lookout points, constructing 3 accessible sites for people with special needs, creating sitting areas, displaying new signs for guidance and education, and opening extra forest access points with convenient parking lots.
KKL-JNF Community and Forest Coordinator in the Western Negev Galit Buzaglo said that the reason they decided to transform the Nir Moshe Forest into a community forest is because it is so close to Nir Moshe and other nearby communities.
“The people who live there are eager to be part of the forest and participate in KKL-JNF projects. All these outdoor activities are just outside their front door! We also have sports events that they help organize and take part in, such as upcoming International Walking Day, which will take place on the new walking track.”
Chairman of the Nir Moshe Residents Committee Amos Arlaki said that Nir Moshe community members have benefitted immensely from the generosity and support they received from KKL-JNF.
“None of this would have happened without KKL-JNF in general and JNF Switzerland in particular. Together we have created a spot that the whole country will enjoy.”
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