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List of forests in Israel

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List of forests 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. Since it was founded the JNF has planted in Israel more than 185 million trees creating 280 forests, and still operates today.

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.

Jerusalem District

  • Aminadav Forest – Judean hills near Aminadav
  • Canada Forest – Jerusalem corridor
  • Eshtaol Forest - near Beit Shemesh
  • Gilo Forest – (Gilo neighborhood)
  • Jerusalem Forest – (between Givat Shaul neighborhood and Ein Karem)
  • Martyrs Forest – (above Moshav Ksalon (Shimshon-Sha'ar HaGai Junction)
  • Peace Forest – (below East Talpiot promenade)
  • Ramot Forest – (between Ramot neighborhood and Shu'afat)
  • Central District

  • Ben Shemen Forest – (east of Ben Shemen youth village)
  • Hulda Forest – (Nahshon Junction – Rehovot road) Planned in 1907 by the Jewish National Fund, which brought in a German agronomist, Louis Barish, to manage the project. Restored in 1998.
  • Meginim Forest - Gezer region
  • Tzora Forest – (between Shimshon and Nahshon Junctions) near Tzora
  • Northern District

  • Carmel Coast Forest – (Fureidis-Haifa Road)
  • Hadera Forest – (near railway station)
  • Irron Forest – (Hadera-Megiddo Road)
  • Mt. Hurshan – (near Amikam)
  • Mt. Shehumit (Har Nahash) - (Kiryat Shmona)
  • Galilee

  • Ahihud Forest – (Acre-Safed Road near Mt. Gamal)
  • Biriya Forest – (Safed-Biriya Road)
  • Lower Hanita Forest – (Shlomi-Hanita Road)
  • Parod Forest – (Acre-Safed Road, near Kibbutz Parod)
  • Upper Galilee

  • Baram Forest – (Shlomi-Sasa Road, near Meron Junction)
  • Lavi Forest – (Golani Interchange)
  • Mt. Turan – (near Golani Interchange-Mitzpe Netofa)
  • Segev Forest
  • Lower Galilee

  • Beit Keshet Forest
  • Swiss Forest
  • Tiberias Forest
  • Southern District

  • Amatzia woodlands – (near Amatzia)
  • Melachim Forest, Shachariya – (between Kiryat Gat and Lakhish Junction)
  • Negev

  • Be'eri Forest – (on Road No. 232 near Be'eri from Hodiya Junction (Road No. 232) off Zikim-Karmia Road)
  • Lahav Forest – (northern Negev)
  • Yatir Forest – (northeast Negev)
  • Jewish Mythology

  • Dvei Ilai
  • References

    List of forests in Israel Wikipedia