In the summer of 2015 I first visited Mongolia and was introduced to an organization – The Mongol Ecology Center – a 501(c)3 non-governmental organization who’s goal it was to protect and preserve the natural resources and cultural heritage of a country that, since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, had be under siege from international business interests and a rapidly growing but unsustainable tourism industry.

I returned to Mongolia with MEC in the winter of 2017 to photograph the same locations (and a few more)… but this time in the dead of Mongolia’s -40º C winter. It was on this second trip that I became connected with a project of MEC: Rally for Rangers.

Rally for Rangers’ mission is to help protect the world’s special places by empowering rangers with the tools they need to do their jobs – they recruit volunteer riders to raise money to buy the off road motorcycles they need to patrol and protect the lands they are charged with protecting.