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All the Trees of the ForestIsrael's Woodlands from the Bible to the Present$
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Alon Tal

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780300189506

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300189506.001.0001

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A Mandate for Trees

A Mandate for Trees

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All the Trees of the Forest

Alon Tal

Yale University Press

Afforestation was one of the top priorities of the 1920 British Mandate of Palestine. Among the very first pieces of legislation passed by the incoming civil administration was a 1920 Ordinance for the Regulation of Forest Lands and the Protection of Trees. The first operational provision of the ordinance declared that all forests in Palestine, except those on private property, were under the protection, control, and management of the Mandatory government. The intention here was noble but the performance was poor. This chapter evaluates the forestry policy under the British Mandate and starts with an explanation for this disappointing performance. Most of all, the British forestry adventure was significant because it represented an abrupt departure from the previous two thousand years, It showed that trend need not be destiny.

Keywords:   afforestation, British Mandate, forestry policy, forests

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