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Swath of Mount Hermon to be recognized as nature reserve

Sue Surkes is The Times of Israel's environment reporter.

A jackal seen on Mount Hermon in 2021. (Dafna Ben Nun)
A jackal seen on Mount Hermon in 2021. (Dafna Ben Nun)

An 85,000-dunam (21,000-acre) area of Mount Hermon in the Golan Heights is officially recognized as a nature reserve after the IDF withdraws years of opposition.

Reaching 2,814 meters (9,232 feet), this highest point in the country is characterized by alpine meadows and montane valleys, and is covered in snow, some of which only disappears in the summer.

The Hermon is home to large mammals such as wolves, jackals and wild pigs and to species that are rare in Israel, such as the European snow vole. It also has many species of plants, among them trees and orchids found nowhere else in the country.

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