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On March 14, 2010 The Eastern Native Tree Society and Western Native Tree Society switched from discussion lists on Google Groups to a new discussion list in a Bulletin Board format at:  Posts made since the inception of the BBS on march 14, 2010 will be sorted and archived on the BBS. Click on the link above to go to the equivalent section on the new BBS. This website will continue to serve as a front end for the ENTS and WNTS groups. It will continue to serve as a repository of older posts, and will serve as the host site for special projects and features that are not well suited for a BBS format. Please visit the BBs for the latest information and trip reports.



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Kazakhstan:  Forests and Trees

The Fatherland of Apples- The origins of a favorite fruit and the race to save its native habitat by Gary Paul Nabhan.  THE FRAGRANCE of the forest is unlike any I have ever known. The smell of ripening and rotting apples and pears fills my nostrils. At my feet, russet reds, blushing pinks, vibrant roses, and creamy yellows mottle the ground, where wildlife has half-consumed the wild fruit that makes this Kazakh forest so bountiful.

Kazakh forest steppe (PA0809)  The Kazakh forest is quite distinct from the forest steppe in European Russia. Situated 300 to 500 km to the north, it has a more continental climate and many more wetlands. Flora of the ecoregion is enriched by species from surrounding boreal, sub-boreal and steppe regions. 

Biodiversity Assessment for Kazakhstan. USAID CENTRAL ASIAN REPUBLICS MISSION, ALMATY, KAZAKHSTAN. JUNE 2001.  76 pages. 

WE DO NOT PRESERVE WHAT WE HAVE - Green Women Within last ten years in Kazakhstan forests were treated as if they covered most of the country’s territory. In reality forests cover only 4.2% of the country’s overall territory. Moreover, this figure includes bushes and desert plants. Actual forests grow on only 0.4% of the territory. 

Burabay (Borovoe) National Nature Park.  In the north of Akmola region the SNNP "Burabay" is located. This resort pearl of Kazakhstan is a fantastic mountain land harboring mysterious wonders. Gorgeous pine forests, cliffs formed of neat gigantic natural bricks, and fantastical shapes of peaks resembling sometimes exotic, sometimes Egyptian pointed pyramids separated by serene lakes. The SNNP "Burabay" was established in August, 2000 and it is under the supervision of the Administration of Presidential Affairs. The territory of SNNP "Burabai" is a part of the Kokshetau steppe, a mixed steppe and forest and hilly upland. The climate is extreme continental here, with hot summers and severe winters. The topography of the territory consists of lowlands, hills and plains. 

Quest for Better Apples Bears Fruit for U.S. Botanists Bijal P. Trivedi for National Geographic Today,  October 30, 2001.  Forsline's quest takes him to the remote forests of Kazakhstan, where, botanists believe, the first apple trees took root. As he wanders, he collects seeds and twigs from wild apple trees that he will grow in the orchard in Geneva, New York. 

Kazakhatan Nature Reserves 



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Russia, Asia:  Forests and Trees

Global Forest Watch  Nearly a quarter of the world’s current forest area is in Russia. Russia has retained about two thirds of its estimated original forest area. Given their magnitude, Russia’s forests play an important role in the world’s climate. A new study by GFW Russia shows that only about a quarter of the forest zone of Russia is still in large blocks of road-less wilderness – so called intact forest landscapes (also known as frontier forests). This is less than the previous estimate of more than two fifths. 

Atlas of Russia’s Intact Forest Landscapes.  Approximately 289 million hectares (26 percent of the forest zone) remain as large, intact forest landscapes in Russia. Approximately 5 percent of the intact forest landscapes are in areas with special protection at the federal level. Eastern Siberia is the part of Russia that is least affected by modern land use, with 39 percent of the forest zone still intact, followed by the Russian Far East (31 percent intact) and Western Siberia (25 percent intact). European Russia is the most affected (9 percent intact). 

Добро пожаловать на интернет-сайт FOREST.RU!  Наш сайт посвящен российским лесам, их охране и устойчивому использованию. Здесь Вы можете познакомиться с точкой зрения российских неправительственных природоохранных организаций (НПО) на наиболее важные проблемы лесов России и сопредельных государств, с позицией официальных представителей государственных структур, комментариями и мнениями учёных. (I don't have a clue - but it looked official)

Russia’s Boreal Forests  4 pages.The Russian national protected area system includes:
• Approximately 100 zapovedniks – strict nature reserves meeting the category 1 criteria of the IUCN classification of protected areas – covering about 330,000 km2 (about 1.4 per cent of the country’s otal area);
• 36 national parks, totaling over 6.8 million hectares;
• 69 federal zakazniks, or wildlife refuges;
• more than 3,000 regional zakazniks;
• more than 10,000 nature monuments, including 28 of federal importance;
• more than 40 regional nature parks; and,
• hundreds of other protected areas ranging from a forested area in the middle of Moscow to large tracts of Siberia and the Arctic. These range in size from 2.31 km2 (570 acres) to 4,692 km2 (1,876.8 mile2). The state plans to create 15 new areas by 2010.

Last Intact Forest Landscapes of Northern European Russia  This first attempt at identifying boreal forest areas of minimal human disturbance (intact) using high-resolution satellite imagery reveals that only 14 percent or 32 million hectares of the boreal or northern forests of European Russia remain. Download Reports, Charts & Graphs 

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