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Conservation Biology

Sullivan, Alexis [1].

A Baseline Survey of Common and Rare Angiosperms and Habitats of The Horidol Saridag Strictly Protected Area, Mongolia.

The Horidol Saridag Strictly Protected Area (SPA) is located in the remote northern region of Mongolia in the Darhad Valley, Hovsgol Aimag, and was established in 1997 as a part of the Ulaan Taiga Specially Protected Area (UTSPA) Administration. Sitting at 51° N, this extreme ecosystem is diverse in habitats; ranging from the steppe to the taiga, it is home to rare and endangered flora and fauna. This region is managed by the UTSPA administration, who partner with Round River Conservation Organization (RRCO) to combine western scientific approaches with traditional ecological knowledge to monitor climate change driven shifts of ecological communities in the Horidol Saridag SPA. Although the rangers who protect this land hold a wealth of knowledge of the flora, there are no known botanical surveys of this region, and very little literature on the flora of this region, and of Mongolia, in general exists. Only one vascular plant dichotomous key for Mongolia has been written, in Russian in 1982 and translated to English in 2001, and is nearly impossible to access. This creates a barrier for local stakeholders who want to learn about their plants but have no access to information in their own language. It also leaves much to be desired in terms of guides, specimen collections, up-to-date population locations, and habitat descriptions. The UTSPA Administration goals for the flora of the region were to begin a plant checklist and herbarium collection, community descriptions, and document occurrence and locations of rare plants within the SPA. In the summer of 2019, I conducted a baseline survey of the Horidol Saridag to achieve the following objectives: 1) assess and describe the habitats in Horidol Saridag SPA; 2) create a working angiosperm checklist and collection; and 3) record locations of rare plant populations and note their habitat characteristics (substrate, associated plants, and dominant community). The outcomes of this work included: 1) providing plant collections for the UTSPA administration to create herbarium collections at the headquarters for ranger and public education; 2) developing protocols for future collection and herbarium specimen.  mounting; and 3) conducting a baseline study of current angiosperms and rare plants within the SPA. This work will be used in future research and climate change monitoring of this unique and fragile ecosystem.


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Keywords:
Traditional ecological knowledge
Red listed flora
Taiga
Steppe
herbaria.

Presentation Type: Oral Paper
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Abstract ID:455
Candidate for Awards:None


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