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25 Years of JNF
1948: Outpost villages on JNF land stem the enemy ad-
vance. JNF expands land acquisition—transfer
of abandoned lands from the state of JNF pos-
1949: First 1,000,000 dunams (250,000 acres) of aban-
doned land transferred to JNF. Land reclama-
tion and development in new settlement areas
becomes central JNF assignment.
1950: Drainage of Hula Lake and swamp lands begun.
Peak achievements in afforestation achieved. JNF
invests 1,000,000 work days in planting forests and
1951: The planting of the Martyrs' Forest is inaugurated
in the Judean Hills.
1952: JNF participates in urgent urban housing projects
by allocating land and preparing terrain.
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1954: Last of the fever swamps of the Hula Valley dis-
appear, thanks to JNF drainage operations.
1955: Development of Lakhish area in southern Coastal
Plain, Israel's largest comprehensive regional set-
tlement project, begins with help of JNF.
1957: JNF begins regional development of vital Adullam
border area in southern Judea. JNF shoulders
entire task of reclamation, afforestation, road
building, etc. Planting of the Jerusalem Forest
to circle capital from northwest to southeast begins.
1958: Hula drainage enterprise successfully completed
—60,000 dunams added to land under cultivation,
60,000 improved in quality.
1959: 600 rural settlements on JNF land. Areas re-
claimed by JNF total 400,000 dunams. Number
of trees planted by JNF: 48,000,000.
1960: Israel Government-JNF Covenant sighed. Knesset
passes agrarian laws extending JNF principles of
national ownership and inalienability of land to
more than 90 per cent of Israel's territory.
1961: The settlement of Almagor established near Syrian
border north of Lake Kinneret, the first of many
border settlements entirely prepared by JNF.
1962: JNF cuts highway from Arad to the Red Sea.
1963: JNF, Government jointly undertake ambitious
program in Galilee.
1966: JNF of America inaugurates the John F. Ken-
nedy Memorial and Peace Forest on the Fourth
1967: Six Day War—vital roads built by JNF both be-
fore and after battle enable Israel's forces to move
rapidly from one border to another. After war,
JNF begins reclaiming previously inaccessible
1968: JNF development work promotes new settlements
in many regions including the Golan Heights.
1969: JNF blazes first road up Mt. Hermon. Rehabil-
itated Etzion bloc aided by JNF which also builds
road connecting it to Adullam region.
1970: Arava project is launched on JNF's 70th an-
1971: JNF trees now exceed 100,000,000. Lower Jor-
dan Valley becomes important JNF target area.
Development stepped up in Arava.
1972: JNF launches vast Four-Year plan to develop
hitherto inaccessible lands.