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The Land of Israel is a special, sacred place for those who believe in the Bible. Like the ingathering of the Jewish people into the land of Israel, the restoration of the land itself is the unfolding of prophecy.

When Israel’s restoration began, the land was largely barren. Today it is fully of lush green forests lovingly planted by the Jewish National Fund. There is still much work to do. What better way to participate in the restoration of the Land of Israel than by planting a tree.

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The Yatir Forest: Largest Tree Planting in Israel

Posted on 3/12/2013 by in replant israel yatir forest
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Since the formation of the State of Israel, tree planters have been busy creating forests in the holy land, which was a barren wasteland for centuries.

Since the formation of the State of Israel, tree planters have been busy creating forests in the holy land, which was a barren wasteland for centuries.

The biggest man-made forest in Israel, “born” in the mid 1960’s is the Yatir Forest. Located on the southern slope of Mount Hebron, and on the edge of the Negev Desert, it is only half an hour’s drive from the city of Be’er Sheva (Beersheba).

The forest contains more than four million trees planted amongst both rocky and desert landscape. Conifers such as Jerusalem pine and Cypress make up the majority of plantings. Among the many other plantings, there are also carob and pistachio trees, orchard trees (olive, fig) and vineyards for winemaking.

Yatir Forest was named after the Levite city whose ruins are found within it. Reference to the city in the Bible can be found in Joshua 21:14.

There are five main hiking trails in the Yatir Forest, all of which are fascinating and scenic, and well marked with color codes. Some of the things you can find during a hike through the forest are ancient ruins and fortresses, caves, underground water cisterns, a variety of woodland plant life, and scenic lookout points with views of both mountain and desert terrain. The forest is not usually packed with visitors, even on a nice weekend, so you can have a nice “private” nature walk – just you and the trees.

Nearby in Tel Arad is the Yatir Winery, and next to the forest is the Yatir Biological Herb Farm. The farm produces medical tinctures and essential oils produced by harvesting the herbs and wild plants found in the desert, in cooperation with the local Negev Bedouins.

God’s blessing is evident in the land as Israel has seen abundant success in agriculture and technology alike. You can be part of rebuilding the land by planting a tree. Be a blessing to the land of Israel today. Click here.