Krasnodar, 19 November. A swamp cypress grove that has for many years been in tatters will reportedly be restored in Gelendzhik. This natural sanctuary located in Arkhipo-Osipovka has been studied by the environmental group of the Krasnodar regional branch of the Russian Geographic Society jointly with local officials. The experts concluded that out of the 22 cypresses, 11 had died and eight were drying out, so only three trees were staying healthy. This situation arose due to a change of the forest growth conditions: parasitic vines are leaning on the branches and trunks, and there is no cypress undergrowth, though young oaks, ashes, maples and pears are growing in the underbrush.
The unique grove of swamp cypresses was planted in the Vulan River’s floodplain in the 1940s to dry up a wetland in the forest. The roots of this deciduous coniferous tree which grows very slowly can absorb much moisture from the soil. The young trees were then brought from Sochi. They took roots, and the swamp gradually dried out.
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