Rally for Rangers


Protecting the planets most critical and pristine resources one ranger and one motorcycle at a time.


Rally for Rangers isn’t just a ride, it’s a movement. Park Rangers around the world, most of them with a bare minimum of support and equipment, are working tirelessly to protect globally significant landscapes and resources. They cover hundreds and thousands of square kilometers of terrain on foot, horseback, camel, elephant, reindeer (yes  reindeer), and, when possible, motorcycle. Unfortunately, most of the motorcycles in use protecting park lands are outdated, unreliable, and improper for the tasks at hand. This is how and why Rally for Rangers began.

In 2013, former U.S. National Park Ranger Robert McIntosh was working with the Mongol Ecology Center as a volunteer assisting managers at Lake Hovsgol National Park in Mongolia. “Mac”; as he is known to his friends and colleagues, was meeting with the chief ranger at Lake Hovsgol about park planning when a call came in regarding illegal camping on park lands nearby. Mac watched helplessly as the chief ranger hopped on his motorcycle only to have it break down. This happened routinely, that the rangers could not pursue or keep up with illegal poachers, miners, campers and other spoilers of the park. Mac had seen enough. He told his Mongolian colleague that he would take it upon himself to buy a new motorcycle, ride it across Mongolia and deliver it to his friend and colleague so he could adequately perform his job. Upon returning to the States Mac related this story, asked “who’s in?” and to date 45 new Yamaha motorcycles have been delivered by 45 intrepid riders and planet loving souls.

What about YOU? ARE YOU IN? Join us in continuing the movement! Improve the protection of our planet, enhance the lives and safety of dedicated park rangers, and have the adventure of a lifetime in the process.

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TOM MEDEMA

Tom Medema is a veteran of both Rally for Ranger efforts in Mongolia – 2014, 2015 and 2017. As a Park Ranger and avid motorcycle enthusiast he was quick to join this effort which brought together two of his passions – protecting national parks around the world and riding. Tom assumed a leadership role in the first two rallies and has been a key leader in getting the new Rally for Rangers Foundation established.

He developed a passion for national parks at a young age on family vacations throughout the American west. This passion turned into a career as a park ranger spanning over 25 years. He is equally passionate about national parks and public lands around the world and has worked with parks and monuments in Asia, South America, and Europe as a subject matter expert in the field of interpretation and education. The opportunity to support the development of relatively new national parks in Mongolia is an opportunity he is excited and humbled to be a part of.

Tom is a sports and outdoor enthusiast, spending much of his free time at his teenage kids volleyball, soccer, and alpine skiing events. Tom also loves two wheeled travel by mountain bike, road bike, and motorbike. Over the past 20 years he has owned Harley-Davidson and BMW bikes and has done most of his offroad training on a borrowed KLR 400 on the back roads of the Sierra Nevada foothills in preparation for these epic and compelling adventures. Tom is excited at the possibility of expanding the Rallies throughout Mongolia and into other countries and continents to help park rangers around the world protect our most treasured resources.

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Wesley is a founding member of the Rally for Rangers Foundation. Since its inception, as an avid motorcyclist, Wesley spearheaded the Rally for Rangers (part of Blue Waves campaign by the Mongol Ecology Center), raised awareness internationally about the National Parks of Mongolia and rides in all rallies. Wesley works with Tom Medema in organizing the rallies.

Wesley is the founder of Trend Digital, www.trend-digital.com, that specializes in post-production imaging services for e-commerce clothing and fashion retailers. Wesley is also a photographer, adventurer and traveler and has documented the tribes of Omo Valley, Ethiopia to the nomadic shamans of Mongolia. His work can be seen at www.wesleythornberry.com. He currently lives in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

ROBERT MCINTOSH

Robert retired from the National Park Service as an Associate Regional Director, Northeast Region where he directed planning, natural resource, historic preservation, capital construction and community partnership programs for the region. He has served on international projects in China, India and Mongolia. Robert served as the General Superintendent, Gateway National Recreation Area in New York/New Jersey and held various planning, policy and senior management positions throughout the country in the Department of the Interior – Bureau of Outdoor Recreation and later as the northeast regional director for the Heritage Conservation and Recreation Service. Robert serves on the Boards of Lowell’s Boat Shop, the Mongol Ecology Center, the New Bedford Whaling History Alliance, and is a member of the Essex National Heritage Area Commission. Bob is a recipient of the U.S. Department of Interior’s Distinguished Service Award.

UNUDELGEREKH BATKHUU

Unudelgerekh Batkhuu is the Founder and Co-Chair of Mongol Ecology Center. Before founding the Mongol Ecology Center (MEC) in 2009, Ono worked with various development and environmental projects in Mongolia. She was committed to taking action after witnessing impacts of mining, climate change and irresponsible decision making in the environmental sector of her native country. As a graduate in International Relations and Economic Development from the California State University, Ono recognized that economic development, through the extractive industry, became a needed reality for Mongolia. Therefore, she wondered how this development could be balanced with the preservation of the most valued natural and cultural heritage, which ensures Mongolia’s future. She quickly realized that the “best international practice” was through a national system of parks and protected areas.

This journey has led the Mongol Ecology Center to work in Lake Hovsgol National Park and the establishment of the Lake Hovsgol Conservancy in 2012, which now assists all four protected areas of Hovsgol province. Since 2012, MEC has been working to strengthen the management of the protected areas and initiated various programs to advance conservation and education skills of the park staff, promote environmental leadership among youth, rehabilitate and expand park facilities, support tourism-related workforce development for local community members and build collaborative bridges around the world.

Ono is also a co-founder of “Ger” Youth Center, a non-profit organization that serves Mongolian children in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is an alumna of the Executive Leadership Program of the National Parks Institute, the collaboration between Yosemite National Park, University of California Merced, and the United States National Park Service national office. She is also a Certified Interpretive Guide Trainer by the National Association for Interpretation of the United States.

BADRAL YONDON

Badral Yondon is the CEO of Mongolia Quest and oversees the company’s operations. His career in tourism began while he was a university student working as a porter at a hotel in Ulaanbaatar during the democratic revolution in 1990. Since then, Badral has emerged as a leader in the tourism industry of Mongolia and is committed to supporting the culture and heritage of his country while also protecting the bio-diversity of its fragile ecosystems. He graduated from the Foreign Language Institute in Ulaanbaatar and the Klessheim Tourism and Hotel Management School in Saltzburg, Austria. As one of the founding members of Mongolia Quest, Badral has explored much of Mongolia’s vast countryside, sharing his knowledge of Mongolia’s unique culture and biodiversity with many hundred visitor over last 25 years. He served on the board of the Mongolian Tourism Association and the Arts Council of Mongolia. Badral speaks fluent Russian and English.