Thank you one and all for everything that you have done to make 2018 a great year for The Taimen Fund (TTF). We have so many friendships, partnerships, donors and advisors that help throughout their year, truly too many to mention on a one-page note. However, we would be remiss not to mention Ross Purnell and Fly Fisherman Magazine for putting on a fantastic fundraising event in Denver last month. In one evening, we were able to raise over $20,000 to put towards our projects in Mongolia. Thank you and Happy 50th Anniversary Fly Fisherman Magazine.
2018 has been another successful year for TTF. We have continued our efforts in the Eg Watershed with our marquee RiverKeeper program. Working with this group of locals and herders has helped curb poaching and has produced a core of advocates and outreach network throughout the watershed. For fly anglers the Eg watershed is best known for the Hovsgol/Sweetwater Travel Camps and we are proud to help protect that amazing resource. Special thanks to TTF longtime partner Taimen Conservation Fund-Mongolia for their tireless efforts in the watershed and for Yellow Dog Conservation and Community Fund for awarding TTF a grant for continued work with the RiverKeepers.
In 2018 TTF also supported the ambitious effort of author/scientist/adventurer Peter Fong and his Baikal Headwaters Expedition. Peter and his team, including longtime partner, Conservation Geneticist and UNR PhD candidate Lanie Galland, began on August 12 when they summited the largest mountain in the region and descended down to the first drop of water forming the Delger Moron. They then proceeded to follow the Delger Moron in its entirety to the Selenge River and all the way into Russia, where Peter successfully reached Lake Baikal on October 10th.
Throughout the expedition Peter and his team collected water samples, invertebrate samples and fin clips. On behalf of TTF, the expedition conducted surveys in villages throughout the watershed. The surveys covered questions pertaining to watershed health, environmental education and fishing regulations. We are sifting through the results at this time and look forward to using the knowledge gained to better focus our conservation efforts in the region. Congratulations Peter on an amazing endeavor!
It was great to reconnect with long time conservation partner, Dr. Olaf Jensen of Rutgers University. TTF supported the participation of three Mongolian students in a joint Mongolian-American research expedition from June 9 – July 14, 2018. The expedition focused on social and ecological change in the Eg River Valley. Our donors supported a PhD student from Mongolian Education University, a student of geography and GIS at the Mongolian Academy of Sciences and a Mongolian MS student in socioeconomic studies at Incheon University in South Korea, to work alongside American students in projects focused on understanding changes in the way Mongolian herders use natural resources, especially fish.
Finally, as promised last year, we have nominated a Mongolian to join the TTF Board of Directors later this month. Mr. Esentsengel (Esee) Sukhee is a Deputy Director at MCS Holding LLC, a partner with the Fly Shop Mongolia, fly angler and conservationist. We look forward to working with Esee for many years to come.
TTF is excited about our upcoming work in 2019. We will continue our work with the RiverKeepers and partner with Bioregions and Mongolia River Outfitters to host the second “Healthy Taimen Festival” and wellness clinic along the Onan River. Additionally, we are excited to work with PhD candidate Mrs. Chris Pavlovich of the East Side School in Livingston, Montana collaborating with teachers in Hovsgol Province to enhance their watershed health curriculum. Her proven program brings hands-on conservation and ecology to the fifth-grade classroom here in Montana and will be an important new program for our work in Mongolia.
Please consider a donation towards our important work in Mongolia. TTF is a registered 501c3 and donations are tax deductible. Use the envelope provided to send a check or take a peek at our new website and donate online (www.taimenfund.org). Thank you one and all for all of your support and all the best in 2019.
Executive Director, The Taimen Fund.