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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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Of Fires and Foraging

Of Fires and Foraging

(p.154) 7 Of Fires and Foraging
All the Trees of the Forest

Alon Tal

Yale University Press

This chapter turns to the role of fire in forest ecology. The British army chose the Carmel woodland for staging a final blow against the vanquished Ottoman forces to take control of Palestine at the end of World War I. The trees survived all this, as well as intermittent forest fires that have struck the Carmel over the millennia. Indeed, fire became a critical component of the local forest ecology that evolved. The chapter notes that the blaze of 2010 was qualitatively different in its ferocity. The chapter describes what happened during and after this blaze and others of similar character and how they have been managed. The number of forest fires in Israel has increased dramatically over the past twenty years, despite increased sophistication in prevention and response. The story of Israel's fight to save its forests from fires is an impressive one.

Keywords:   fire, forest ecology, Carmel, blaze of 2010, forest fires

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