The Cedar tree is Lebanon's national symbol. It represents strength and longevity. The Phoenicians exported Cedar woods to countries in the region. In fact, King Solomon used cedar trees to build his temple in Jerusalem. After centuries of persistent deforestation, the green areas in Lebanon were reduced. These nature reserves are doing their best to protect cedar trees.
Al Shouf Cedar Nature Reserve
This reserve is the largest one in Lebanon. It goes from Dahr Al Baidar in the north to Niha Mountain in the south. It encloses 3 Cedar forests which constitute 25% of the remaining cedars in Lebanon. In fact, this reserve is home to 200 birds that include ones that are rare.
Arz Jaj is located in Byblos. It is a forest that encloses hundred of Cedar trees that are between 1200 and 2000 years old.
Horsh Ehden Nature Reserve
The reserve in Ehden contains cedars and encloses 1,058 plant species which 40% of them are native plant species in Lebanon. This place is also rich with trees: 39 species of native trees have been identified.
Tannourine Cedars Forest Nature Reserve
The reserve in Tannourine protects one of the largest cedar forests in Lebanon. It houses birds, insects, mushrooms, and flowers. There are many trails you can choose from to hike. Each trail uncovers the beauty of Lebanon and its rich culture in different ways.