Golestan Park Road Consent Withdrawn

Golestan Park Road Consent WithdrawnGolestan Park Road Consent Withdrawn

Head of the Department of Environment Masoumeh Ebtekar announced that the roads and urban development ministry had withdrawn consent for the Tehran-Mashhad road construction through the Golestan National Park.  Funding would be allocated for an alternative road in the next year (starting March 21, 2015), Mehr News Agency reported.However, construction of the alternate road will also affect wildlife by altering and isolating animal habitats, deterring their movement and resulting in extensive mortality, environmentalists say. Situated in Golestan Province in northern Iran, Golestan National Park has a variety of habitats, like temperate broad leaf forests, grasslands, shrubs and rocky areas. The fauna is very rich and consists of leopards , wolves , wild boars , maraldeer , roe deer , urial , wild goats and goitered gazelles .