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12 February 2021, 17:40

Tourist trail in Bashkiria near the Inzerskie Zubchatki will receive special legal status

After appearing on social media and publications about deforestation near the Inzerskie Zubchatki in the Beloretsky region, the State Assembly of Bashkortostan decided to hold an offsite meeting at a popular tourist site. Representatives of the Ministry of Forestry, the Ministry of Nature Management and Ecology, the State Committee for Tourism, the Beloretsky region's leadership, loggers, and public representatives attended it.
Timber felling has now been stopped, and new trees will be planted in the spring, although it will take decades to restore the forest. The area of ​​felling near the hiking trail in the foothills of the Inzerskiye Zubchatki is almost 13 hectares.
Plots of forest adjacent to the Inzerskie Zubchatki were transferred for felling in 2016. It is carried out within the framework of the current forest legislation: the territory belongs to the forest fund, the purpose of the land is forestry.
"This natural location does not have conservation status; the Inzerskie Zubchatki do not belong to a specially protected natural area. Nevertheless, this area is popular with tourists. Hence, it is logical to create a tourist cluster here - to organize a convenient route for tourists and ensure safety," the chairman of State Assembly of Bashkortostan Konstantin Tolkachev commented on the issue.
Several options for a legal solution have been proposed. One of them is to transfer a tourist trail - a road with a 200-meter security zone on both sides - to the Beloretsky District Administration to develop tourist infrastructure with investors' involvement.
Inzerskie Zubchatki is a mountain range in the Southern Urals, between the Bolshoi Inzer and Tirlian rivers. The length is about 10 kilometers; the maximum height is 1,161 meters above sea level. It consists of quartzite and quartzite sandstone. The main attraction is a rocky circus in the northern part of the ridge: bizarre rocks in the form of teeth, located in a circle.
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