Trees for the Holy Land trees are planted on public land by a forest agency in the State of Israel. The current reforestation efforts are in three places: the mountainous slopes in the Galilee, in the Negev desert, and in urban areas for beautification and recreational parks. We cannot direct a specific location for the planting of individual trees. Your tree will be planted where the need for it is greatest.

Much of the natural vegetation in the Holy Land had disappeared or had been destroyed by the time reforestation efforts began almost 100 years ago. The Bible was the source of knowledge of which species were native to the Holy Land. Originally planted by God, were olives, pines, cypress, tamarisk, acacia, and carob. These are the species of trees we are planting to replenish and nurture the land.

Unfortunately, our low price of $18.00 per tree does not permit for the creation, placement, and upkeep of donor signs to mark each tree. You will, however, feel enriched and uplifted when you view the forests that you have created together with thousands of fellow donors. During your pilgrimage, ask your spiritual leader, tour guide, or any tourism official to guide and arrange for you to plant a tree with your own hands in the holy soil.

Trees for the Holy Land is dedicated to planting as many trees as possible; therefore, we are keeping the price as low as possible. Also, it is fascinating to note that the Hebrew people of the Bible practiced numerology, assigning a number value to each letter of the alphabet. In numerology, 18 is the value of the letters in the Hebrew word "chai" which means life. You are thereby giving back "life" to the ancient land of the Bible. (chai - the "ch" is pronounced as in the Scottish Loch Lomond, the "ai" is pronounced as "eye".)

Trees planted by Trees for the Holy Land not only beautify the land, they produce many, many environmental benefits:

Air - All trees intake carbon dioxide (using up the harmful gas we are overproducing) and create the oxygen necessary for human and animal life. Weather patterns are also affected, as trees encourage increased rainfall. Trees also stabilize temperature in the forests and increase air humidity.

Soil - The roots of trees anchor the soil, thus preventing valuable, rich, topsoil from being washed away by rain or blown away by wind. The falling leaves and needles of trees decompose and provide rich elements for the soil. Planting trees actually accomplishes desert reclamation. Land deteriorating into desert is not a problem confined to the Holy Land, it is a worldwide phenomenon, occurring all over the globe at the rate of over 14 million acres per year. Desertification is the result of both climatic conditions and man's destructive use of the soil. The planting of trees, along with sophisticated techniques from nursery propagation to irrigation, provides for the reclamation, preservation, and enrichment of soil.

Water - The tree you plant helps to prevent harmful land pollutants, contained in the soil, from entering waterways. Your tree slows down water run-off, ensuring that groundwater supplies are continually replenished.

Wildlife - Almost disappeared, wildlife have returned to the new forests in the Holy Land. You can now see deer, rabbit, squirrel, fox, quail, and many beautiful birds. Animal habitats complete the circle of life in our Holy Land forests.

Not at this time, although we plan to in the future. The certificate size is 8" x 10", which is a standard frame size if you wish to purchase a frame in your local stores. Your certificate will arrive in a beautiful presentation envelope of handmade pressed flower paper.

It is amazing how many children are voting for artificial trees for Christmas now. You can remind her that trees are a renewable resource of the earth, and that to take the place of the cut, live Christmas tree for your home, you will plant a new tree to grow in the Holy Land where it will be most meaningful.