Transneft Upper Volga has replanted rare plants included in the Red List. The measures were implemented in the territory of revamping a section of the standby leg of the underwater crossing via the Vetluga River of the Surgut – Polotsk oil trunk pipeline (OTP) in the Republic of Mari El.
More than 9,100 specimens of floating fern and mature trees of the black poplar were found on the territory of Yurinsky District, within the boundaries of construction and installation works of the oil trunk pipeline route.
To preserve floating fern – a unique water fern – it was decided to replant it outside the offshoot into similar environmental conditions in the streambed of the Vetluga River, at a distance from the protection zone of the pipeline.
To preserve the black poplars, work was organised to reproduce them. 50 plant cuttings were planted in suitable environmental conditions.
The work was carried out in close cooperation with regional authorities. Replanting was carried out by the Bolshaya Kokshaga Nature Reserve Federal State-Funded Institution on the basis of a permit issued by the Ministry of Natural Resources, Ecology and Environmental Protection of the Republic of Mari El.