The Altai Project’s mission is to protect nature and strengthen communities in Russia’s Altai Republic. Our goals are:

  • Biodiversity conservation and wildlife protection – Read more…
  • Supporting indigenous organizations in their efforts to restore and protect their traditional lands, lifeways, and languages – Read more…
  • Promoting renewable energy and environmentally sustainable design – Read more…

On the road again

Some of you knew this already, but others don’t – I’m on the road again. Part One of my trip was a new place for me –Oslo. Lately, the “getting there” part also seems to be part of the adventure. I guess my “trouble-free travel” kharma has finally worn out, b/c for the third time […]

Heading off to the wild blue yonder…aka Altai…again

I’m wrapping up preparations for my next adventure in Russia, July 8-27. This trip is a departure from “the usual” for me, as I’ll be shepherding two gentlemen from a small family foundation that supports Pacific Environment’s work in the Altai region. They’ve never been to Russia before, and this means that I get to […]

Really long post on Altai Republic road trip

Where to start? Everyone should be as lucky as I am to see the places I see. As a matter of fact it should be required that everyone in the entire world travel to a distant and exotic place that is nothing at all like any place they’ve ever been before. “Citizen of the World” […]

Spring in Barnaul

It’s early Monday morning on the 21st for me — I’m taking advantage of slight jet lag to get up by 5:30 or 6 and work during what are my most productive hours of the day, were I generally able to get up this early. I arrived here in Barnaul (capital of the Altai Krai, […]

Barnaul, Tomsk – to the office

Hi there! The weather report here from Russia (to be more specific, central Siberia is wishy washy. After leaving Vladivostok (sunny, low 70s), I reached Barnaul where it is mid/late fall, cold and unsettled, but with lovely color on the birch trees. Yesterday, I went 1000km round trip (overnight bus and overnight train!) to Tomsk […]

Barnaul, Tomsk

Sorry to have dropped off the face of the earth for a while there. I finished up the Vladivostok portion of my trip on the 21st and headed off to Barnaul (central, southern Siberia) late that evening. While it is still summer in Vladivostok, with lush green trees everywhere, Barnaul is smack dab in the middle of fall. Barnaul […]