Saving Ancient Walnut Forests In the Valleys of Central Asia

Yale Environment 360: Kyrgyzstan's fertile and densely populated Fergana Valley is home to some of the largest intact stands of walnut trees on Earth. Its so-called walnut-fruit forests -- which contain 300 species of plants and trees, including ancestral strains of apples, plums, and pears -- cover roughly 30,000 hectares, splashing green onto an otherwise dry-and-dusty Central Asian landscape. Driving beside a riverbed on the valley's floor, you might momentarily mistake nearby walnut forests for the olive groves of......

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