SOCHI, May 30 (Itar-Tass) — Over 160,000 rare plants that are entered in the Red Data Book have been bedded out in Sochi since the beginning of this year during the constrution of transportation facilities for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, Russian Railways Company (RZD) executives told journalists on Tuesday during a familiarization tour of facilities that are being built by the railwaymen for the Games.
Last year also saw "a compensatory bedding out of rare plant species entered in the Red Data Book, 73,999 plants, all in all", RZD officials said. Within the scope of building a "Detour Around Cape Vidny" facility in Khosta District, 138 Pitsunda pines were planted, along with Piramydal Orchid, Large-Flowered Helleborine, Green-Coloured Butterfly Orchid, Caucasian Hellebore, Bee Orchid, Caucasian Adder's Tongue, etc.
"Special attention is paid to the maintenance of the ecological balance in the construction zone," said Yevgeny Solntsev, chief of the "Directorate of Capital Repairs and Construction--Sochi" (a subsidiary of RZD). He said continuous monitoring is under way in the catchment area of Mzymta River with an eye to reproduction of water biological resources. For example, in April alone, 50,000 Black Sea salmon yearlings were released into the river, Solntsev said.