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Steppe tracts

Сильно стравленная сухая (ксерофитная) горная степь на Курайском хребте. Республика Алтай, июль 2009. Фото И.Э. Смелянского Steppe ecosystem in Russia (like almost worldwide) was massively destroyed by human activities. Arable lands, quarries, refuse heaps, settlements and reservoirs settled on their place. The situation is various in different parts of the country. Some steppes types have suffered more than others. Except better-preserved desert and mountain steppes Russian steppe ecosystem is exclusively highly fragmented. Most of steppes are preserved as scattered parts among the fields and forest belts, narrow strips of gullies and road verges, etc. More or less large tracts of steppe ecosystems are scarce especially in the western steppe biome. However these tracts are of particular value: only there typical steppe continues to perform the landscape features; only there the largest and most mobile typical steppe animals (including ungulates, carnivores and raptors) are keeping; the most species of fauna and flora are preserving. The latter is also especially important because the large steppe tract is a source of steppe plants and animals moving to abandoned arable lands appearing among the agricultural landscape. Without such source weed vegetation can exist on fallow lands for decades. It is harmful to the economy and the low value for nature.

To ensure the preservation of at least the most important Russian steppe areas it is necessary the inventory of major steppe tracts. But until now there is not more or less complete list of them or map. We propose to start compiling the inventory by common efforts. It will gradually be laid out the information about the largest tracts of steppe ecosystems that are known to the authors of the website.

Nowadays the work on inventory of steppe tracts is conducting in the frames of the UNDP/GEF Project “Improving the Coverage and Management Efficiency of Protected Areas in the Steppe Biome of Russia”.

Please inform us about new, missed previously unknown large steppe tracts. 

Name Area Region Conservation status
Prialeysky low hills between settlement Lokot and river Berezovka 7500 ha Altaisky krai, Loktevsky district Regional wildlife refuge “Loktevsky” 5753 ha
Steppe tract near Ozerki village 5600 – 5700 ha Altaisky krai, Shipunovsky and Krasnoschekovsky districts Regional wildlife refuge “Charysh Steppe” 5971 ha
Watershed of Kukuika and Berezovka rivers 4800 – 5000 ha Altaisky krai, Kuryinsky and Krasnoschekovsky districts no
Steppe tract Mokhnataya mountain 1700 ha Altaisky krai, Tretyakovsky district no
Watershed of Loktevka and Charysh rivers Altaisky krai, Kuryinsky and Krasnoschekovsky districts no
Watershed of Loktevka and Ust-Kolyvanka rivers about 8900 ha Altaisky krai, Kuryinsky district no
Arkaim steppes 9300 – 9400 ha Chelabinsk region, Kizilsky district Main site of the historical and landscape museum-reserve Arkaim 3761.4 ha
Chekinskaya steppe 17400 ha Chelabinsk region, Kizilsky district no
The Irendyk ridge 21800 – 22000 ha Republic of Bashkortostan, Baimaksky district Nature Park Irendyk, historical and archaeological and landscape museum-reserve “Irendyk”
Gryzly tract about 3000 ha Samara region, Bolshechernigovsky district Regional natural monument “Gryzly”, 1,521.46 ha
Rostashinsko-Irgiz Syrt Watershed about 6000 ha Samara region, Bolshechernigovsky district Regional natural monument “Moulin dol” 5090.02 ha
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