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Re: Israeli Forests

Post by Rand » Mon Dec 13, 2010 2:26 pm

It's interesting that the Israeli's have replanted a number of forests in their territory (Jerusalem forest, Eshtaol, Yatir). The yatir forrest is notable in that it is planted on the edge of the Negev desert where the rainfall averages ~11.2" a year (285 mm) at an altitude of ~2,000'-2,600' (600-800m). Most of the planting occurred in 1965-69 and consisted mainly (>90%) of aleppo pine. Atlantic Terebinth, Tamarisk, Jujube, and Carob), Olive, fig, Eucalyptus and Acacia, vineyards and various shrubs are also present. The mean tree height is ~30' (10m) and mean diameter is ~ 6" (17 cm). The main photosynthetic activity and stems incrementing period in the forest is from December to May; in contrast, buds-burst is in mid March and leaf development continues until October. Understory vegetation consists of dwarf shrubs, herbaceous species, biological crust and annuals, all of which constitute only a minor portion of the total ecosystem biomass. The forest is growing on about 0.20-1 m deep light Rendzina soil above chalk and limestone, with clay to sandy-clay-loam texture.

Satellite and Google earth gives on a good overview of the site. It looks pretty lonely out there:
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Zooming in the 'forest' looks more like an open woodland:
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One the ground the contrast between the forested /unforested terrain is pretty dramatic:
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More pictures can be found at the Yatir Forest Research group web site photo gallery ... _site.html
(And the pages I summerized in the above description) ... ation.html

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Re: Israeli Forests

Post by James Parton » Tue Dec 14, 2010 12:23 am

Awesome, Randy. It is nice to see info about forests in distant lands.
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