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Published on Aug 8, 2012
http://www.apa.gov.ge/index.php?site-... Vashlovani Protected Areas are located in the extreme eastern part of Georgia, in the Dedoplistskaro district. It consists of Vashlovani Strict Nature Reserve, Vashlovani National Park and Natural Monuments as follows: "Eagle Gorge", "Takhti-Tepa mud volcanoes", "Juma Bay" and "Alazani Floodplains", total area of which is about24924 ha. Vashlovani Protected Areas were opened in 2003. The Protected Areas are located among the two main vital sources, the main rivers of Kakheti -- Iori and Alazani. The gorge is a deep and very beautiful canyon cut by a little ravine through the cliffs of limestone origin. The territories of Vashlovani are distinguished with rare Wild pistachio trees(Pistacea mutica), arid light forests and bluestem-feather grass steppes. Foothills are covered with oak trees and ash-tree groves mixed with maple and elm. Here can be found barberry, Jerusalem thorn, smoke tree, peashrub, et al. There are unique floodplain forest of Alazani and two little bays (Juma and Mijna) in Vashlovani National Park. The bays are the only place in Georgia where the walnut trees (Juglans regia) grow wild next toFloodplain oaks (Qurcus pedunculata), poplars (Populus nigra, P. canescens), ash trees (Fraxinus excelsior)andpomegranate (Punica granatum), Peony(Paeonia maiko), Wild grape (Vitis sylvestris)and other rare plants.