indigenous resilience in palestine


‘In many parts of Israel, imported plants have crowded out native species’, Haaretz reported yesterday.

“Many years ago, eucalyptus trees were planted in the Dan reserve and proliferated rapidly,” Dr. Didi Kaplan, the authority’s ecologist for the northern region, explained yesterday. “They are hindering the development of the reserve’s natural vegetation, among other things by preventing light from penetrating.”

After much effort, the INPA persuaded the Jewish National Fund and Kibbutz Dan, which had planted the trees, to cut them down.

“The results are simply amazing,” Kaplan said. “Immediately after the trees were cut down, indigenous plant species, like small-flowered willow-herb, appeared after decades of absence.”

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