Nov 14, 2006 — Earlier this fall, three Adirondack women traveled to a Russian province to assist with training on wilderness ethics and stewardship. Adirondack Mountain Club's education director, Jen Kretser, Paul Smith's College professor Karen Boldis and ADK employee Julia Goren visited the Siberian province of Altai Republic. The region has looked to the Adirondacks as a land-use model. The women helped train Altai Nature Park staff, nonprofit groups and tour operators as part of an exchange program. Achieving balance between environmental protection and economic development is a strong focus of the Altai Assistance Project. Todd Moe spoke with Jen Kretser about the September trip.