Jerusalem Tree Survey Completed
SPNI’s Jerusalem branch recently completed a 2 year long survey of all the trees in Jerusalem. The survey identified 4,810 trees that are considered ancient (over 50 years old) and 600 trees that are at least 80, and in some cases hundreds of years old. This survey is the first of its kind in Israel’s history.
These trees are important witnesses to Jerusalem’s history and are a living record of climate changes, settlement growth with each having a different story to tell. With the cooperation of the Forestry Office at the Ministry of Agriculture SPNI will be able to act to protect Jerusalem’s natural heritage over the coming decades. The data collected in the ancient tree survey will be used to develop planning policy within Jerusalem and sustainably develop Jerusalem while safeguarding these trees.
Each tree will have a plaque placed at its location with information about its age and species. This information along with the location of the trees is available online on the Jerusalem Green Map.
The most common species found include Jerusalem Pine (Pinus halepensis), Mediterranean Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens), Olive Tree (Olea europaea) and Red River Gum (Eucalyptus camadulensis).