List of forests in Israel

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Eshtaol, a JNF forest in Israel

The forests of contemporary Israel are mainly the result of a massive afforestation campaign by the Jewish National Fund (JNF). This article is a list of these forests.

In the 19th Century and up to World War I, the Ottoman empire cleared the land of Israel of its natural reserves of pine and oak trees, in order to build railways across the empire.[1] Since it was founded the JNF has planted in Israel more than 185 million trees creating 280 forests, and still operates today.[2]

In most countries people are born to forests, and forests are given to them by nature. But here in this country, if you see a tree, it was planted by somebody.

— Moshe Rivlin, world chairman of the Jewish National Fund.[3]

Jerusalem District[edit]

Central District[edit]

Ben Shemen Forest
Hulda Forest

Northern District[edit]


Upper Galilee[edit]

Lower Galilee[edit]

Southern District[edit]


Jewish mythology[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Rejsen rundt i Israel. Denmark: Politikkens forlag. 1997. pp. 127–128. ISBN 87-567-5751-4.
  3. ^ Mary Elaine Lora (July–August 1990). "Israel: a national passion for trees - includes related information". Business Library. Archived from the original on 2010-04-13.
  4. ^ "Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael Jewish National Fund".
  5. ^ a b "JPost | French-language news from Israel, the Middle East & the Jewish World". Retrieved 2013-08-11.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Seth J. Frantzman. "Walks in the woods, Review of ''Israel's Forest Book,'' Anat Madmony". Archived from the original on 2013-08-09. Retrieved 2013-08-11.
  7. ^ "Misgav Regional Council". Retrieved 2013-08-11.
  8. ^ "Deep into the forest". Archived from the original on 2015-03-23.

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