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Wood species and crafts museum to open in Mongolia

By M.ZOLJARGAL

“Let’s Plant Tree at Your Home” television program has initiated a project to establish a wood species and crafts museum in Mongolia.
In total, 8.2 percent of Mongolian territory is covered by forests. However, most Mongolians know only few species of trees such as larch, fir, pine, poplar, cedar, aspen, saxaul and spruce.
But there are over 200 species of trees in Mongolia which are abundant source for a wood focused museum.
In addition, the Mongolian state announced that it will soon conduct a nationwide forest cleaning and forest census. The cleaning is in demand as 76 percent of all forests in Mongolia are covered by dead, degraded and damaged trees which are preventing healthy growth of young and healthy trees.
The forest cleaning will also benefit the project as various species of trees that were cleaned from the forests can be used for the museum repertoire.
“Whoever is interested in lending a helping hand is welcome to take part in the project, and we will accept proposals and donations from personal wood collections,” reported the team.
The following is a brief interview with the initiator of the project, B.Batbold who is a member of “Let’s Plant Tree at Your Home.”
-It is interesting to think about a wood species museum. What do you hope from the museum?
-It’s been 90 years since Mongolia started managing forests under state policy. Yet most of us don’t know the species of trees that grow around us. It is indeed a shame because there are a lot of trees that even bloom like Sakura in spring in our country. We are planning to open the museum to let the public, especially kids, learn about mother nature and link them closer to ecology.
-Are there other countries that have such museums? Where will the woods and artifacts for display be collected from?
-Korea and the USA have wood-focused museums. We have a great source as there are over 200 species of trees in Mongolia. We can use fallen trees, branches and leafs for producing wooden crafts without wasting any money on purchasing raw material. People with wood collections can also contribute to us.
-How is the preparation progress currently? There must be a lot of issues to resolve before opening a museum.
-We are discussing possible locations for the museum such as the National Garden Park and Botanical Garden, and the Central University Campus that is currently under construction at Baganuur District.
We will include not only woods, but also photos and introductions about trees will be available. Furniture, toys and Mongol gers made of wood will also be displayed.
If we resolve location issues, the museum can open within this year.

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