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Western Washington University will welcome next class of Fellows in June 2007.

CHICAGO, IL, October 30, 2006 --/WORLD-WIRE/--
Kinship Conservation Fellows announced today that Western Washington University will be the site for the sixth class of Kinship Conservation Fellows beginning June 21st, 2007. Fellows will be invited to join like-minded career conservationists for a month-long stay in stunning Bellingham, Washington, gateway to Puget Sound's San Juan Islands.

James Tolisano, recently appointed Director of Kinship Conservation Fellows, thinks Bellingham and Western Washington University provide an ideal location for exploring market-based solutions to environmental problems. "Most of the major conservation issues facing practitioners in North America and worldwide are fully evident in and around Bellingham," stated Tolisano, "and the community and other regional actors are producing some very innovative solutions that are closely aligned with the Kinship mission."

For outdoor enthusiasts and naturalists alike, Bellingham's greatest appeal no doubt lies in its proximity to some of the most exquisite, unspoiled environments on the globe. Located on beautiful Bellingham Bay, with majestic Mt. Baker as its backdrop, the city is home to the southern terminus of Alaska's Marine Highway System, and offers regular passenger ferry service to Victoria and Vancouver Island. Whale-watching in these waters is legendary, as are kayaking and sailing opportunities. Mountains, rivers and forests surround Bellingham, making birdwatching, hiking, fishing and bicycling popular activities in the area.

Located in the heart of Bellingham, Western Washington University has long supported environmental stewardship and in 2005 was selected for a national Green Power Leadership Award. The University's 215-acre campus is centered on Sehome Hill, with sweeping views across the bay to the San Juan Islands. Highlights include the 180-acre Sehome Arboretum and the student-funded Wade King Student Recreation Center. Western also has off-campus facilities at Shannon Point Marine Center in Anacortes and a 15-acre student/university facility at nearby Lake Whatcom.

In this inspiring setting, Kinship Fellows will work intensely with an elite faculty. Kinship's focus is practical: exploring fresh ways to apply market-based approaches to environmental problems. The process is also hands-on: delivering experiential learning through a mix of dynamic classes, readings, small group activities, visits to innovative regional projects and programs, and applied project work.

The atmosphere at Kinship creates a spirited, supportive group dynamic that fosters inspiration and collaboration. Fellows bring their talents and specific environmental challenges to Kinship. They leave with solutions they can apply directly to their work.

To learn more and apply online, prospective Fellows should visit The application deadline is January 10, 2007.

About Kinship
In 2006, Kinship Conservation Fellows became the new name for the groundbreaking program that launched in 2001 as the Kinship Conservation Institute.

For more information about Kinship Conservation Fellows, visit

Renee Michaels
(847) 714-1702

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