New nature park to be created in the Murmansk Region
A specially protected nature area (SPNA) of regional importance called Korablekk Nature Park is to be created in the Murmansk Region. According to arctic-info.ru, the Pechenga District administration held public hearings that were attended by representatives from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Murmansk Region, the Pasvic State Nature Reserve, the Kolskaya Mining and Metallurgical Company, as well as Pechenga District residents.
"This nature park is being created in the Pechenga District next to the Pasvic Nature Reserve. The project is based on extensive research that was conducted by the Pasvic staff, the Institute of Forestry and the Institute of Biology at the Karelian Research Center at the Russian Academy of Sciences (Petrozavodsk), Ryazan State University, the Murmansk State Museum of Local History, and the Kola Geological Information and Laboratory Center," Vladimir Khrutsky, Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of the Murmansk Region, reported.
Korablekk Nature Park will include forest and mountain tundra areas and rocky outcrops in lowlands. The park boasts tracts of valuable 350-year-old pine growth.
The SPNA is expected to improve the environment and preserve rare and disappearing species, ecosystems, and natural complexes in the Paz River Basin. It will also promote recreation, eco-tourism and ecological education.