By Tom Saladyga & Cari Leland
We arrived in Ulaanbaatar Saturday, June 19 to a seasonably warm evening. Before departing for the field on June 22, Cari physically struggled to keep Tom from spending research funds at the new Louis Vuitton boutique just off Sukhbaatar Square. So, naturally we were both relieved to finally get to work in the forests surrounding UB.
Sukhbaatar Square, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
This insect infested stand of Siberian Larch is located 25km east of UB. There was limited evidence of fire, but we were able to collect quality samples for age structure analysis.
This middle aged, healthy, and relatively undisturbed stand of Siberian Larch is located about 100km east of UB. Wildflowers and Cuckoo birds dazzled our senses. Most importantly fire scar samples yielded up to 7 scars per sample.
We also sampled two sites north of UB where valleys are filled with summer homes surrounded by forests. These mixed Siberian Larch/Scots Pine forests are slightly disturbed with fires in the recent past.
We will be continuing our field work northeast of UB in the coming weeks while consuming as many Mongolian cookies (aka baby cookies) as humanly possible.