Earth Island Project Reports

Earth Island News

Members of Earth Island gathered in Boston November 20 to hear Dr. Charles Chester talk about biodiversity. The event was held at the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy at the Fletcher School at Tufts University, from which Dr. Chester graduated and is now a professor. Attending were Earth Island board members Susan Reid and Veronica Eady, who is also a professor at Tufts. This event is another in a series of receptions that Earth Island holds for members of our Founder’s Circle. For more information about benefits of our Founder’s Circle, visit

Yggdrasil Institute’s Eastern Old-Growth Clearinghouse has released an updated edition of Old-Growth in the East: A Survey by Mary Byrd Davis. The report contains descriptions of known old-growth sites in the eastern United States, from the Atlantic Ocean to western Minnesota and eastern Texas. The report is available on paper for $35 or $22 for a CD. Mail to the Clearinghouse, POB 131, Georgetown, KY 40324. Checks should be payable to Earth Island Institute/Old Growth. Or order the report online:

The Campaign to Safeguard America’s Waters (C-SAW) continues to move Alaska’s Cruise Ship Ballot Initiative (CSBI) forward. Supporters are gathering the 23,285 signatures required to place the initiative on the November 2004 state ballot. The CSBI would establish the first cruise ship discharge permitting program in the US, and require that cruise ship discharges meet all Alaska Water Quality Standards. The CSBI would also establish taxes to pay for industry impacts on communities, and the cost of placing independent observers on every ship to monitor cruise ship waste control programs. Other provisions would establish taxes for onboard gaming and income while in Alaska waters. For more information, contact C-SAW at (907) 766-3005, or e-mail

Want something to celebrate? Bay Area Wilderness Training extends an open invitation to attend its fifth anniversary weekend retreat, April 2-4. Expect hikes, speakers, great food, and fun people. BAWT has trained over 200 youth workers and teachers (from 110 agencies and schools) and lent them outdoor equipment so that more than 2,000 young people could explore California’s mountains, forests and coast. For more info, call (415) 788-3666 x125 or e-mail

Climb magnificent Mt. Shasta in August and raise funds to help urban youth explore outdoor California. Join the third annual Mt. Shasta Expedition to benefit BAWT. Information and registration session will be held March 24 at 7 pm in San Francisco. No prior mountaineering experience is necessary; pre-climb weekend hikes and training begin in April. Contact BAWT at (415) 788-3666 x127 or visit

A Mangrove Action Project eco-study tour, “Spirit of Thailand Coastal Resources Program: An experiential study of Thailand’s coastal resources and the people who depend on them,” will take place in Thailand from July 4-17, 2004. This program will be led by Dr. G. Lamar Robert of Chiang Mai University. For further information, contact

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