- Updating, repairing and managing the forest reserves layer and adapting it to the current planning status.
- Designating new forest reserves in accordance with the planning programs for KKL-JNF forests.
- Providing an expert opinion report dealing with development plans that cause damage forest reserves during the planning stage.
- Removing forest reserve areas in cases of approved development plans.
In Israel, about 900,000 dunams (90,000 hectares) are currently designated as forest reserves, out of 1.5 million dunams (150,000 hectares) of forest land. The definition corresponds, to some degree, to the declaration of nature reserves and its means that the areas are designated by the Minister of Agriculture as reserved for a forest, and it is not possible to change the designation of these areas and develop them without the Minister's approval. The Forest Administrator heads the Committee for Forest Preservation and he is the position holder that recommends to the Minister, following the Committee's discussion, to declare a new forest reserve or the removal of an area from an existing forest reserves due to rezoning needs. The purpose of the Committee is to advise the Minister of Agriculture, in collaboration with professional parties, regarding the desired afforestation policy and the ways to implement it.
Among the Forest Administrator’s overarching goals is the designation of KKL-JNF forests that are not currently designated forest reserves, thereby reinforcing the JNF's afforestation programs with a strong legal framework.
The Forest Administrator is responsible for all activities within the forest reserves: granting seasonal licenses for herds of sheep and cattle, granting permits to fell trees in the forest, and any activity involving the granting of a permit (transplanting of trees, removal of forest products, digging, installation of facilities, and the like).