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U.S. Conservation Group to Visit Israel at JNF-KKL's Invitation

Contact: Jodi Bodner • Director of Communications • 212-879-9305 ext. 221 •

PR NRCSFebruary 1, 2006 New York, NY;-- Following a successful visit to the U.S.> this summer by Itzchak Moshe, Jewish National Fund-Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael’s soil conservation expert, representatives of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will be paying a visit in kind to Israel> next week.

The trio that includes Chief Bruce Knight, Deputy Chief for Science and Technology Larry Clark, and Beth Sauerhaft will spend four days traversing the country at JNF-KKL’s invitation, learning about all JNF-KKL’s activities in Israel to include its work in the Hula Valley, stream restoration, watershed monitoring, stream corridor grazing management, land conservation, and ancient agriculture projects.

In July 2005, Mr. Moshe spent time in Kansas City, Arkansas, NC, Washington, DC and Arizona visiting NRCS facilities and projects, agricultural centers, and looking at drip irrigation systems and conservation practices on participating farms.

Established in 1935, NRCS is a Federal agency within the Department of Agriculture. Responsible for the conservation of natural resources on private lands, it focuses on water, plant, natural resource and wildlife conservation.

With common concerns, interests and shared areas of expertise, NRCS and JNF-KKL are pursuing a partnership that would benefit them both in the areas of watershed management and planning, waste management, wetland restoration, stream rehabilitation and agriculture, to name a few.

Caption: In July, JNF-KKL soil conservation expert Itzchak Moshe visited the Maricopa Agricultural Center with Dr. Tom Thompson of the University of Arizona Subsurface Drip Irrigation Demonstration and Research project.

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JEWISH NATIONAL FUND (JNF) began in 1901 as a dream and vision to reestablish a homeland in Israel for Jewish people everywhere. Jews the world over collected coins in iconic JNF Blue Boxes, purchasing land and planting trees until ultimately, their dream of a Jewish homeland was a reality. JNF gives all generations of Jews a unique voice in building a prosperous future for the land of Israel and its people.

JNF embodies both heart and action; our work is varied in scope but singular in benefit. We strive to bring an enhanced quality of life to all of Israel’s residents, and translate these advancements to the world beyond. JNF is greening the desert with millions of trees, building thousands of parks, creating new communities and cities for generations of Israelis to call home, bolstering Israel’s water supply, helping develop innovative arid-agriculture techniques, and educating both young and old about the founding and importance of Israel and Zionism.

JNF is a registered 501(c)(3) organization and United Nations NGO, which continuously earns top ratings from charity overseers.

For more information on JNF, call 888-JNF-0099 or visit


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