All the Trees of the Forest: Israel’s Woodlands from the by Alon Tal

By Alon Tal

In this insightful and provocative e-book, Alon Tal offers a close account of Israeli forests, tracing their historical past from the Bible to the current, and descriptions the hassle to remodel drylands and degraded soils into filthy rich parks, rangelands, and ecosystems. Tal’s description of Israel’s trials and blunders, and his exploration of either the environmental background and the present coverage dilemmas surrounding that country's forests, will supply worthwhile classes within the years yet to come for different components of the realm trying to reestablish timberlands.

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He arrived in Palestine with a clear agenda that included economic development and ecological restoration for an abandoned Holy Land. Trees played a prominent role in this vision for the future. In his first report as commissioner he explains: It is obvious to every passing traveler, and well-known to every European resident, that the country was before the War, and is now, undeveloped and under-populated. The methods of agriculture are, for the most part, primitive; the area of land now cultivated could yield a far greater product.

The fact that its forests were disappearing probably went unnoticed by decision makers in Constantinople. The British cleric Henry Maundrell provides a discouraging portrait of late seventeenth-century Palestine in his Journey from Aleppo to Jerusalem, published in 1697. This work contains several relevant passages bemoaning a disfigured landscape. ’’∑∑ The first modern map of the area, prepared by another Frenchman, Pierre Jacotin, drafted during Napoleon’s brief invasion. ∑∏ Little else remained.

C. ’’∂∞ For three decades, Tel Aviv University archeologist Nili Lipschitz has conducted research that generates a somewhat higher-resolution picture. c. ∂≤ In a book that summarizes over eighty of her publications, Lipschitz convincingly refutes Zohary’s more evenly distributed projections: ‘‘Dendroarchaeological research has proven that the Quercus calliprinos (Oak)—Pistacia palaestina (Terebinth) association was the only dominant association all over the Mediterranean region since the Pre Pottery Neolithic A period.

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