The Biriya Forests were planted mainly during the Thirties and Fifties, when Keren Kayemet Le`Israel - Jewish National Fund (KKL-JNF) provided jobs to unemployed new immigrants who planted trees to help green the country’s barren hills.
The Biriya forest is mostly planted with Jerusalem pine but, for diversity, KKL-JNF has planted Brutia and Canary pines and Atlantic cedars as well. Galilee’s natural vegetation flourishes in open spaces and among the trees: Spanish Broom, Thorny Broom, Rockrose, Hawthorn bush and seasonal flowers. The greenery of KKL-JNF-afforested upper hillslopes boldly contrasts with the stubby natural brush covering the lower slopes.
Following harsh snowstorms which took place in the winter of 1991-92, thousands of damaged trees had to be replanted in the Biriya forest.
In the past, Biriya was a major Torah study center. Embedded in the Biriya Forests are the remains of Jewish settlements dating back to the time of the Mishnah and the Talmud, where six of our most famous Jewish sages lived and worked. Here Rabbi Yosef Caro completed the first of the four sections of the Shulhan Aruhk in 1555.
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