15 comments on “Hustai (Khustai) National Park, Mongolia: Biodiversity and Ancient Carved Gravestones

  1. Barbra & Jack, you’ve made it to Mongolia! I’m looking forward to reading more about your adventures! Any taimen fishing in the pipeline?

    • Thanks for checking in Adam. For the time being, we left our fly fishing outfits back in California. But we plan on packing them with us next time we go back and yes, we’d love to have a go at taimen and lenok here. Meanwhile, a possible trip we are very interested in piecing together would take us by rail from Ulaanbaatar to Vlodivostok in Eastern Russia and then by ferry to Sakiaminato, Japan. We’re in the very early stages of planning and are hearing that a sticking point may be obtaining a Russian visa. Details to follow.

  2. Interestingly, Lenin’s policy of protecting certain minorities (though not always followed by Stalin as his successor) has probably left these nomadic tribes in certain regions of what are now the GUS states intact whereas elsewhere in the world a lot of native habitat has been changed.

    • In the present day, Lenin’s policies are irrelevant. Stalin made a concerted effort to wipe out all nomadic tribes. My take is that what saved Mongolia is its distance from Moscow and Beijing. But now… the steppe is being plowed over into agriculture. That’s the end. Vegans are completely wrong. The more vegetable matter, the more people, and the less sustainable everything becomes. Aquifers and rivers will be pumped dry, the steppe will become unfriendly to nomads, the population of Mongolia will soar, and another ecosystem and way of life will be lost. JD

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