Kyrgyzstan: Unique Ecosystem Facing Survival Threat

Arslanbob is home to the largest natural-growth walnut forest in the world. (Photo: Michael Igoe)

Under Soviet forestry regulations, if a goat wandered into the walnut grove, standard practice was to shoot it. “Goats will eat anything,” says Hayat Tarikov, raising his arms into shooting posture.

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Michael Igoe is a freelance reporter specializing in environmental issues in Central Asia.

Kyrgyzstan: Unique Ecosystem Facing Survival Threat

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