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Mongolian Delegation Visits San Bernardino and Leslie Canyon NWRs
Southwest Region, December 14, 2006
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Mongolian Delegation at Twin Pond.  Photo Taken By Chris Lohrengel on 12/14/2006, San Bernardino NWR, Cochise County, AZ
Mongolian Delegation at Twin Pond. Photo Taken By Chris Lohrengel on 12/14/2006, San Bernardino NWR, Cochise County, AZ - Photo Credit: n/a
Mongolian Delegation with Rancher Warren Glenn of the Malpais Borderlands Group.  Photo taken by William Radke 12/15/2006, Glenn Ranch, Cochise County, AZ
Mongolian Delegation with Rancher Warren Glenn of the Malpais Borderlands Group. Photo taken by William Radke 12/15/2006, Glenn Ranch, Cochise County, AZ - Photo Credit: n/a
Refuge Manager William Radke talks to the Mongolian Delegation At Leslie Creek.  Photo taken by Chris Lohrengel 12/14/2006, Leslie Canyon NWR, Cochise County, AZ
Refuge Manager William Radke talks to the Mongolian Delegation At Leslie Creek. Photo taken by Chris Lohrengel 12/14/2006, Leslie Canyon NWR, Cochise County, AZ - Photo Credit: n/a
Refuge Manager William Radke talks with the Mongolian Delegation about the Refuge's Conservation Agreement on the Bar Boot Ranch.  Photo taken by Chris Lohrengel 12/14/2006, Bar Boot Ranch, Cochise County, AZ
Refuge Manager William Radke talks with the Mongolian Delegation about the Refuge's Conservation Agreement on the Bar Boot Ranch. Photo taken by Chris Lohrengel 12/14/2006, Bar Boot Ranch, Cochise County, AZ - Photo Credit: n/a

  

The refuge was honored to welcome a delegation from Mongolia: Mr. Ayush Namkhai, Director General of the Special Protected Area Admistration Department; Mr. Tsere Jargal, Member of the Project Steering committee and Member of the National Parliament of Mongolia; Mr. Rentsendorj Tsogtbaatar, Governor of the Gobi-Altai Aimag Province of Mongolia; Mr. Maam Bayanmunkh, Public Outreach Officer; and Mr. Tserendeleg Dashzeveg, Project training and Community Development Officer, who served as interpreter for the group.  Also accompanying our guest were Peter Ward with the USFWS Division of International Conservation and Susan Antenen, Mongolian Project Director for The Nature conservancy.  The group was here to learn about some of our partnership practices, volunteer and friends group programs, public outreach, community involvement, conservation easements, conservation in arid/desert landscapes, and how we manage our refuges.  The first day of the Mongolians visit started with a tour of Leslie Canyon NWR where the group learned of our management of endangered fish and the conservation easements the refuge has with the upstream ranches that help provide a continual source of water for the canyon.  From Leslie Canyon the tour moved to see the Bar-Boot Ranch and learn how they manage their ranch while maintaining the conservation practices spelled out in the easement.  The group was impressed with the close conservation partnerships between private land owners and refuge staff.  From the Bar-Boot Ranch refuge staff took the visitors to see the Johnson Historical Museum of the Southwest.  The group was treated to a tour by Ranch Manager John Lavanchey.  From here our guests were taken to San Bernardino NWR and given a walking tour where border issues were discussed.  On the second day, a member of the refuge staff took the Mongolian delegation to visit with the Malpai Borderlands Group where they received an informal talk on ranching for conservation in the desert southwest.

 


Contact Info: Martin Valdez, 505-248-6599, martin_valdez@fws.gov



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