On Tuesday, June 29, 2010, forest fires raged across Israel, destroying over 300,000 trees and burning over 750 acres of forested and open areas. Arson is suspected in many cases, and conditions worsened due to Israel's severe heat wave. A Jewish National Fund (JNF) spokesperson said that it marked the single largest day of fires in Israel since the 2006 war with Hezbollah, and that it would take 50 years to restore the forests. We are determined to do everything we can to help the reforestation efforts and have launched an emergency relief campaign that focuses on all aspects of the reforestation efforts - clean-up, upgrading equipment, and replanting trees that were destroyed in the fires.
JNF has planted more than 240 million trees since 1901 to protect the land, green the landscape and preserve vital ecosystems. As Israel's national foresters, it is our direct responsibility to take action and lead the way toward the recovery from this terrible crisis. Through the generosity of donors like you, JNF hopes to raise one million dollars to help reverse the damage done by this week's forest fires and restore Israel's forests not only to the way they were, but even larger and more beautiful than before.
We hope that you will join us in this effort and encourage your friends and family to do the same. There is only so much that we can do alone, but together, we can help speed up the reforestation process and get on our way toward replacing the 300,000 trees that were lost this week.
Join with JNF in our reforestation efforts.
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