BOXWOOD GREENHOUSE IS FULLY PLANTED
The Colchis boxwood conservation project was started in Caucasus Ecoregion in 2015. Forest inventory conducted by WWF showed that 99% of boxwood forests died after invasion of the Boxwood moth, which was accidentally imported during the preparation for Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games.The Greenhouse was built in September 2018 on the Apsheronsk Forestry College territory only after 2.5 million rubles was raised in WWF-Russia’s supporters and corporate partners. Here will grow boxwood to establish a founder plantation for propagation and further reintroduction into the wild.
«After two and a half years, we can create a founder plantation and plant part of the seedlings into the wild. We will take into account external risks and choose places for planting young trees during this time», - Elena Cherkasova, Forest Officer of the «Russian Caucasus» Ecoregional Office, WWF-Russia.