Grazing on the Preserve

by Nathan Hamm on 6/2/2005

Turkmenbashi has decreed that farmers are allowed to graze their sheep on nature preserves.

“In Soviet times too many nature reserves were created, and now we have no reason to fence them off from the people. Animals can be put out to pasture on these territories – there will be much more benefit from this,” Niazov is reported to have said at a recent government meeting.

The government swears up and down that this won’t be at all harmful to the preserves. But then again, they also thought an ice palace in the mountains and artificial lake in the desert were swell ideas.

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