The Medeu branch of the Ile Alatau State National Nature Park was founded on 22 February 1996 based on the Prigorodny forestry enterprise of the Zailiyskiy forestry association in the Talgar and Kaskelen administrative districts. The total area of the Medeu branch amounts to 41 922 hectares. The branch is divided into three forestry stations: the Big Almaty forestry, total area amounts to 26692 hectares, , located in the Big Almaty gorge; the Small Almaty forestry, total area amounts to 9327 hectares, located in the Small Almaty gorge; and the Kamenskoye forestry, total area makes 4088 hectares.

Map showing the location of forestry stations of the Medeu branch