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When Russian Conservation News (RCN) was first issued in 1994, it was a simple no-frills English-language publication produced with a photocopy machine and a stapler. For almost 15 years it was issued quarterly by a dedicated band of volunteers, led by Margaret Williams of the World Wildlife Fund.

Now, with the 43rd issue, American Councils for International Education (ACTR-ACCELS) has taken over responsibility for RCN, moved it to the internet, added partners and contributors and developed a Russian language edition. Future issues will be bilingual, with some articles in English and others in Russian. Each article will be accompanied by a detailed summary in the other language and a list of vocabulary to help language students of English and Russian.

Even as RCNs audience expands, our focus remains the same: the protected areas of Russia and Eurasia; the challenges they face, and the dedicated people who care for them. The whole world knows Yellowstone Park, but how many have heard of the Valley of the Geysers in Kronotsky Zapovednik? Or the new national park network to protect Siberian Tiger habitats in the Russian Far East?

Why should we care? Because nature does not respect political boundaries. Climate change, global warming, destruction of natural habitat and loss of biodiversity are global phenomena that affect all of us, no matter whether they occur. As one of RCNs early Russian editors put it: There are no borders for environmental issues. We share one planet. We are all responsible for it. Our planet is not big and needs us all to protect it.

If you would like to contribute an article to the next issue of RCN, please send an e-mail to RCNEditor@americancouncils.org with one to three paragraphs describing your topic and your expertise, and we will send you guidelines for articles. We pay per article accepted for publications. Articles can be submitted in Russian or English.

We welcome comments, suggestions, questions, offers of collaboration and letters to the editors, but do not pay for them. They should not be more than one page. All correspondence should be addressed to: RCNEditor@americancouncils.org

Downloading Russian Conservation News is free. Producing it isnt. If you are able to help support RCN, please donate online at the following link: http://www.actr.org/donation/campaign/42/
Or you can mail a check to: Russian Conservation News c/o American Councils
1776 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington DC 20036

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