2014 Seminar Series - USGS EcoLunch
Date: Tuesday, September 30th
Time: 12:00 pm MDT
Speaker(s): Cliff Montagne (Emeritus MSU-LRES and BioRegions Program), Badamgarav Dovchin (MSU-LRES), David Thoma (NPS), Kristin Legg (NPS), Rebecca Watters (Northern Rockies Conservation Cooperative), and Lance Craighead (Craighead Institute).
Title: Road Trip Mongolia: Building Capacity for Managing Protected Areas
Abstract: Three recently established National Parks and Strictly Protected Areas in northern Mongolia’s Darhad Valley include landscapes that are climatically and biologically similar to the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE). Located west of Lake Huvsgul National Park, the Darhad Valley is home to the Darkhad ethnic group and the Tuvan reindeer herders. Surrounded by mountains reaching up to 3000m, and located around 51 Degrees N, the valley experiences severely cold winters and short summers. These areas are managed and protected with a small but dedicated and enthusiastic staff that perform back country patrols and are developing long-range management plans that will influence visitor, community, and herder relations. To aid this planning effort BioRegions International hosted an information exchange workshop in Northern Mongolia with the Darhad Strictly Protected area staff and U.S. environmental professionals to identify a future vision, management objectives, and resource needs to help Mongolian protected areas achieve their goals. These plans take a proactive and holistic approach to address threats including grazing, logging, mining, and poaching through community education and interaction with visitors and herders about the value of native species and a functioning environment. During the workshop Mongolian park managers identified immediate, near-term and long-term needs, some of which will benefit from interaction with U.S. colleagues. Gaining a better understanding of the cultural environment and resource challenges ahead for these newly protected areas stimulated introspective questions for U.S. participants such as, “What information or resources do we wish we had 100 years ago when protected areas in the GYE were being established?” and “What would we do differently given what we know now?” Ideas generated from questions like these will be valuable as Mongolian park managers prepare for the future.
Location: First Floor Conference Room "Madison Room"- NOROCK, 2327 University Way, Suite 2
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If you can not attend in person, you can still listen and watch from afar!
Link: Please access https://usgs.webex.com/ and search for (5) NOROCK EcoLunch. Note, you will be asked ot install the latest version of Java.
Access code: 294333#
October 14th - Todd Preston, USGS
October 28th - Jon Swenson, Norwegian University of Life Sciences
November 11th - Veteran's Day Holiday
November 25th - Siri Wilmoth, USGS
December 9th - Geneva Chong, USGS and North Central Climate Science Center
December 23rd - TBD
September 30: Cliff Montagne and Rebecca Watters - Road Trip Mongolia: Building Capacity for Managing Protected Areasl Stream Webinar l
September 18: Julio L. Betancourt, USGS - Late Holocene migration of low-elevation conifers in the Central and Northern Rockiesl Stream Webinar l
July 22: Matt Heller, GNLCC - The GNLCC’s use of ScienceBase (a.k.a. LC MAP) and how your projects can utilize this resource.l Stream Webinar l
June 24: Ken & Linda Pierce - Two Part Talk - 1) Outstanding in His Field & 2) Glaciation of The GYE l Stream Webinar l
May 13: Bahram Farokhkish, USGS - Yellowstone Lake Trout Telemetry Project l Stream Webinar l
Apr 15: Adam Sepulveda, USGS - Are introduced Northern pike driving salmon declines? l Stream Webinar l
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USGS EcoLunch is a forum for students, researchers, visiting scientists and collaborators in the environmental sciences to present their current and past work. Presentations will range from brown bag discussions of ongoing projects to more formal and polished seminar presentations.