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Manager The Director of the reserve is responsible to the Ministry for the Protection of the Environment and Natural Resources of the Federation of Russia
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Quality Few mountain habitats are as diversified or have been protected for so long. The Caucasus lies at the crossroads of numerous influences and harbours species of local, eastern, arctic and Mediterranean origin as well as vestiges of the glacial period.Species-richness and the occurence of numerous rare species:The flora comprises 1260 species, 235 of which are endemic to the Caucasus. The fauna comprises several rare or vulnerable large mammal, bird and insect species. 
Owner The entire reserve is state-owned. 
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Geomorphology All the rocks are precambrian (granite, gneiss, amphibotlites and schists). There are moraines and fluvio-glacial or alluvial deposits on some valley floors. The southern boundary of the reserve follows the ridge of the Great Caucasus. 
Educational interest Sample plots are kept under regular observation, especially in the areas of virtually virgin forest.From data obtained on meadows and grasslands, recommendations have been formulated on the use of the Alpine biocoenosis in the Northern Caucasus. 
Cultural heritage A former silk route is said to be situated close the reserve. The region has a rich and eventful history. 
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