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Uploaded on Tuesday 21 Feb 2012
Walnut forest in the Jalal-Abad province (Kyrgyzstan)
Viktor Novikov, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
The walnut forest is remnants of Central Asia Tertiary era subtropical forests. They are located primarily in the northern slopes of the Ferghana and Chatkal ranges of the Tien Shan and on the southern slopes of the Gissar and Darvaz ranges in Tajikistan.
The Jalal-Abad walnut forests is currently under risk of man made damage due to wood fuel cutting, cattle grazing and land cultivating. The forest consists of a remarkable combination of walnut (Juglans regia) and fruit trees such as wild apple and prune.