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The Boreal Footprint Project has published a new report entitled “Aboriginal Experiences in Canada’s Parks and Protected Areas.” The report was commissioned to contribute to the combined knowledge of policy makers parks managers, and Indigenous leadership as they convened in Durban, South Africa at the Fifth World Congress on Protected Areas, September 8-17, 2003.

City Talk will crown its first annual Queen of Lake Victoria on December 6. The Queen will serve as a mobilizer and coordinator of protection and conservation efforts for the lake. As part of her role, the Queen of Lake Victoria will visit the San Francisco Bay area for two weeks in 2004 to address environmental and cross-cultural issues at schools and community gatherings.

John Gray’s SeaCanoe Tours, named by National Geographic Adventure as one of the World’s Top 25 Adventures, will donate 20 percent of select bookings to Mangrove Action Project until December 31, 2004. For more details, e-mail

Two new projects have joined Earth Island. Ethical Traveler gives adventurers, tourists, travel agencies, and outfitters information about their economic and political power and how they can best be used to strengthen human rights and protect the environment. UniversitÁrea Protegida provides scholarships, training, and support to Nicaraguan university students with an interest in community-based conservation projects and environmental education. For more information about these latest additions to the Earth Island family, visit our Web site at

Bay Area Wilderness Training (BAWT) recently held its first Youth Wilderness Leadership Training with students from Bay Area School of Enterprise, the nation’s first youth-initiated charter school. Participants were challenged by Yosemite National Park’s steep slopes, the weight of their big backpacks, and even a forest fire, but they learned their own strengths in dealing with adversity, and enjoyed the tremendous beauty of nature.

Global Service Corps (GSC) is now offering two-week programs, giving volunteers with limited time for travel the opportunity to work abroad on education, health, or sustainable agriculture projects. Volunteers will experience full cultural immersion and live with welcoming Thai and Tanzanian host families. Visit for more information.

Sakae Fujiwara, author of Keiko’s Story for Children, recently donated $4,000 from the proceeds of her book to the Free Willy/Keiko Foundation. Earth Island’s Mark Berman, founder of the Free Willy Foundation, accepted the check from Fujiwara and Kosei Publishing’s director during a recent visit to Japan.

Lisa Wallace, executive director of the Truckee River Watershed Council in Truckee, California, has joined Earth Island’s board of directors. Lisa’s relationship with EII began in 1998, when she joined us as our project support director. She launched the Restoration Initiative department and the Brower Youth Awards program. Lisa has also sailed 40,000 miles on a 36-foot sloop, visiting 32 countries in four years! We welcome Lisa to the board.

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