Nature preservation is performed at Ramat Hanadiv as part of comprehensive efforts to preserve nature and open spaces throughout Israel. At Ramat Hanadiv, an open, 4.5 square kilometre area of natural forest is preserved. The area features a variety of nature, landscape and archaeology assets typical of the region.
Surveys and studies conducted at Ramat Hanadiv facilitate collection of data regarding the habitats, animal life, vegetation and landscape assets characteristic of the region. This research and the data collected also deal with potential threats and the conditions required to preserve and rehabilitate stable populations of animals and plants, which have inhabited the locale during the past century.
Nature preservation activities at Ramat Hanadiv comprise the following:
• Protection of forests against fires, accomplished mainly by maintaining a herding regime to reduce leafy vegetation, which enables the fire to spread out during the summer.
• Maintenance and rehabilitation of indigenous habitats.
• Protection of local animals, and especially of deer and wild boar, from hunters.
• Protection of animals against attacks by stray dogs from neighbouring settlements, with an emphasis on removal of deer-hunting dogs.
• On-going supervision and monitoring of nature assets and communication of nature preservation rules.
• Running of a project to reintroduce animals to nature, meant to return to the Ramat Hanadiv landscape species, which have become locally extinct during the last centuries. Among animals thus far reintroduced to nature are: roe deer, vultures and the Lanner Falcon. Young Lesser Kestrels will be reintroduced soon and in the future, we also expect to bring back to nature the Egyptian Vulture and the Bonelli's Eagle.
• Maintenance of a man-made forest primarily through diluting and reshaping of pine and cypress groves so that they harmonize with the desired landscape and characteristic flora and fauna.
• Clearing and prevention of environmental hazards, which endanger nature assets. Among others, this activity addresses further construction around Ramat Hanadiv, which threatens to cut off the plateau and its fauna from neighbouring open land.
• Education and training, performed by an educational centre co-managed by Ramat Hanadiv and the Israeli Society for Protection of Nature (SPN), which holds training, guidance and education activities offering professionals, teachers and guides greater familiarity with nature and landscape assets and with nature and open region preservation topics.
• Cooperation on behalf of the public and of visitors at Ramat Hanadiv.
The know-how and experience accumulated through research, planning and management of Ramat Hanadiv as an open land park assists in developing methods and approaches to preservation of other open regions. Ramat Hanadiv thus serves as a "field laboratory" of sorts for preserving open regions and for conducting applicable research.
Please assist us in this important task – report hazards, adhere to instructions and avoid releasing dogs onto the Ramat Hanadiv grounds.