To Russia With Computers

In the summer of 1992 the South Korean firm Hyundai was about to clearcut the remote Bikin River Basin of the Russian Far East, forest home of the rare Siberian tiger. In a country where mail delivery is spotty at best, FAX is unreliable, and the telephone is about as useful as two tin cans tied with a string, contacting the international environmental community in time for help was a near impossibility. But help arrived in this primitive outpost in an unexpectedly high-tech form – electronic mail.