Betsy Gaines Quammen and the Mongolian Taimen

October 24, 2004 By: Marshall Cutchin

Back in August we reported that Betsy Gaines Quammen, the wife of nature writer David Quammen, was raising money to repair a buddhist monestary in Mongolia. This article by Mary Pickens in the Billings Gazette traces a broader connection to taimen conservation efforts in Mongolia by the Vermillion brothers — Dan, Jeff and Pat — and The Taimen Conservation Fund. The Vermillions, who introduced Mrs. Quammen to Mongolia, own Sweetwater Travel, a Livingston, Montana-based fly fishing travel company that has taken a very responsible and forward-thinking attitude toward encouraging destination travel to Mongolia.