Naturalist's Wife to Restore Mongolian Monastery

August 21, 2004 By: Marshall Cutchin

Betsy Gaines Quammen has begun raising money to restore the Dayan Derkh Monastery in northwestern Mongolia, closed during the Chinese religious purges in 1937. One of the purposes is to provide a conservation outpost. “The monastery would also give Mongolians a place to figure out how to protect the Eg-Uur watershed. ‘We wanted to engage the community in a conservation effort,’ Quammen said.” Joan Haines in the Bozeman Daily Chronicle.