Before they pave paradise: Preserving nature in one of central Israel's last remaining open areas
Within a few years, the fields around an environmental youth village to the north of Tel Aviv will be turned into residential projects. Ecologist Roni Shushan is clinging to the last bits of untouched land.
The enthusiasm of Roni Shushan, chief ecologist of Hakfar Hayarok, is contagious. We are hiking in the open area to the west of this veteran boarding school, which now calls itself a "youth village for environmental leadership." Shushan is quick to smile and, well, he's just quick. One minute he is speaking with me quietly, demonstrating a deep knowledge of botany and zoology, the next, he is deep in...
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