Forestry Hanover Seminar Series presents: Alon Tal, Ben Gurion University, Israel

Date: February 3, 2015
Location: 225 Natural Resources

Time: 4 p.m. (Refreshments at 3:50 p.m.)

Forestry Hanover Seminar Series presents:

Title: All the Trees of the Forest: The Extraordinary Story of Israel’s Woodlands

Presented by:

Alon Tal
Blaustein Institute of Desert Research
Ben Gurion University, Israel


Abstract: In an era when deforestation constitutes a paramount global challenge, Israel’s woodlands tell an extraordinary story. They carry the scars of past military invaders and conquests. But most of the trees in Israel’s forests are contemporary and represent an expression of recent national zeal to restore the woodlands of the Bible, making a harsh climate more hospitable. Drawing on insider anecdotes, the presentation describes how the trial and error process evolved that transformed drylands and degraded soils into flourishing parks, rangelands, and renewed ecosystems. The talk is part of a book tour. presenting the first history of Israel’s forest to be published in over forty years.