عنوان مقاله [English]
The Aq-dagh protected area is located in the south of Ardabil province. Geographic location, proximity to the Irano-Turanian and Hyrcanian regions, topography, altitude variation from 560 to 3332 meters above sea level, and edaphic diversity have led to the formation of a unique combination of habitats in this area. A high diversity of plant species is found in various habitats such as alpine, semi-alpine, steppe and wetlands. Due to the multiple exploitation in mountainous and lowland regions, a number of destructive habitats are also observed close to the steppe and shrub habitats. This area is the habitat of endemic and rare species, some of which, like Hedysarum persicum, have only been reported in this area. The fauna diversity of this region is also high with a variety of species such as Bezoar Goat and Persian leopard. The conservation of this natural reserve requires a program and a comprehensive management.