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        7/25/2011, Tammuz 23, 5771

      JNF to Thin Trees Near Towns


      The Jewish National Fund (Keren Kayemet) said Monday that it would not wait for government approval and funding of a plan to begin repairing the Carmel forest. The organization said that it would begin this week to thin out trees that had begun growing too close to towns, in order to properly reclaim the forest.

      The group said that after consulting with experts in the U.S. and Australia, it had decided on the policy in order to prevent forest fires from getting too close to residential areas. A strip of 25 meters will separate forested areas from buildings on the edge of towns in the area, according to the new policy.