Submitted to: Rangelands
Publication Type: Trade Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: March 1, 2007
Publication Date: April 15, 2007
Citation: Havstad, K.M. 2007. Essays of a peripheral mind: Speaking other languages. Rangelands. 29(2):65-66. Technical Abstract: Mongolian rangelands have been used for livestock production for hundreds of years. A pastoralist culture has been a key aspect of Mongolia throughout its 800-year history. Approximately 65% of Mongolia’s rural herders live at or below the poverty line, and there are few opportunities to improve resource conditions or economic returns. Yet, Mongolia is rebuilding its resource management profession following the withdrawal and collapse of the Soviet Union in the late 1990s. This essay is about the work of one Mongolian soil scientist and his efforts to work to stop resource degradation and to improve the condition of Mongolian rangelands.