As of this issue of Illinois Natural History Survey Reports, our organization is beginning a new annual schedule of publication dates. We now will print the newsletter at quarterly rather than bimonthly intervals, which means that we will print four issues per year instead of six issues.
All of the publications produced by the Illinois Natural History Survey (INHS) are mandated by state law to be printed on recycled and recyclable paper with soy-based ink. This law is designed to reduce the negative impact on the environment as the state generates hundreds of millions of printed pages every year. As a unique and prominent steward of Illinois ecosystems, INHS is more than happy to carry out this environmentally friendly law. In addition to using recycled paper and soy ink, we are also taking advantage of the Internet's World Wide Web to create paperless, electronic pages which not only help save our natural environment but also reduce the time and expenses needed to disseminate important scientific information throughout the state and world. Therefore, every issue of this newsletter since 1995 has been placed on our Web site in addition to Annual Reports, the INHS Publications Catalog, two of our popular field guides, and images and descriptions of garden and yard insect pests.
We constantly look for new ways to publish by analyzing existing production routines to see if there are more efficient, more environmentally friendly, and less expensive alternatives to current practices. One such analysis was made for this newsletter. Interestingly, the analysis showed that annual production, handling, and distribution costs for INHS Reports have climbed to about $15,000 for six eight-page issues. Our initial thought was to cease creating paper copies altogether and just place the newsletter on the Web and thereby save taxpayers more than $10,000 in one stroke. However, after a little reflection, we realized that many of our subscribers may not have easy access to Web technology, so we decided to combine the printing and electronic approaches.
First, we will continue printing the newsletter but reduce the number of issues from six a year to four. Each of our issues will occur in one of the four seasons throughout the year beginning with this Summer 2000 issue. The new publication schedule is:
Summer -- July 1
Fall -- October 1
Winter -- January 1
Spring -- April 1
Second, we will continue placing each issue on the Web at URL: <http://www.inhs.uiuc. edu/chf/pub/pub_body. html#Survey_Reports>.
We encourage subscribers who have Web access to use it to read our newsletter and to contact us to remove them from our mailing list of the printed version. Readers who currently receive the printed version, but who subsequently acquire Web access, are also encouraged to remove themselves from the printed version mailing list by contacting: Charlie Warwick, INHS, 607 E. Pea- body Dr., Champaign, IL 61820, Ph (217) 244-2115, e-mail: cwarwick@mail. inhs.uiuc.edu.
We hope that with your assistance we will eventually reduce our mailing list (and corresponding production costs) to a minimum, if not entirely eliminate paper production of this newsletter. Please feel free to contact us at the address above if you have questions, concerns, or comments. We welcome your ideas on how to best continue fulfilling our mission to inform citizens of scientific developments in the natural history of Illinois in the most cost-effective but accessible ways.
Charlie Warwick, INHS Publications Coordinator
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