Tuesday, 15 March, brought an unusual batch of experts to Ramat Hanadiv's Nature Park for a field trip: Inspectors, ecologists and programmers of the Nature and Parks Authority (NPA), participating in the Authority's advanced training course on Natural Resources. Leading the group, for the grand finale of the course, was Prof. Avi Prevlotzky, a researcher in the field of natural resources and practical ecology at the Volcani Institute and formerly the NPA's chief scientist. The course itself was the brainchild of Dr. Amit Dolev, the ecologist for the NPA's Northern Region.
Participants in the course had a tour of Ramat Hanadiv's Nature Park, which serves as a model and field laboratory for the management of open spaces in Israel. Prof. Prevlotzky and his colleagues in the Nature Park discussed issues regarding forest management and the restoration of traditional agriculture; challenges in monitoring wildlife in areas of scrub vegetation; the operation of the breeding nucleus of the Biblical 'eagle' (griffon vulture); the use of goat grazing as a management tool for Mediterranean maquis; and the importance of maintaining buffer zones to decrease the dangers of wildfires.
Despite the fickle weather, the good atmosphere and the group's cumulative experience in the topics under discussion made the field trip an enriching experience for all.