Ecologists advise Israelis to resist tree-planting after fires

Posted on December 5th, 2016
By Renee Ghert-Zand for The Times of Israel

Burnt forests and woodlands should be left alone to rejuvenate naturally, experts say

People should resist the urge to plant new trees in Israel following the more than 1,700 brush fires that ravaged tens of thousands of dunams throughout the country over the past week, say ecological experts. New trees — along with the actions involved in planting them — could damage natural ecosystems and inhibit natural rejuvenation of the landscape, they say.

According to Dr. Ofri Gabay, an ecologist for the Society for Protection of Nature in Israel, the land is accustomed to enduring and surviving different types of disturbances, including the spate of fires that took place past week.

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