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What is Conservationist's mailing address?
Conservationist, NYSDEC, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4502.

What is Conservationist's phone number?
To pay by credit card, for billing inquiries, and to change your address, call 1-800-678-6399.

To reach our editorial office, call (518) 402-8047.

When does my subscription expire?
You can find out when your subscription expires by looking in the upper right hand corner of your mailing label on the back cover of each magazine. You will find a month and a year corresponding to the date when you will receive your last issue.

Can I check on a missed issue, how many issues I have left, find out if my bill is paid, etc?
You can access information about your subscription by visiting our Customer Service web page. A link to the page can be found to the left. Our toll-free Customer Service number is 1-800-678-6399. You can also get information about your subscription by reading your mailing label.

How do I read my mailing label?
You can find out when your subscription expires by looking in the upper right hand corner of your mailing label on the back cover of the magazine. You will find a month and a year corresponding to the date when you will receive your last issue of the magazine.

How do I subscribe?
Our toll-free number for subscriptions is 1-800-678-6399. You can also subscribe online by clicking on the subscriptions link on the left and visiting our Subscriptions page. Or: mail your check or money order made payable to Conservationist to: Conservationist, Att: Subs, NYSDEC, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4502. We accept Visa and Mastercard.

How much does a subscription cost and do you accept credit cards?
A one-year subscription shipped to any mailing address in the United States costs $18. A one-year subscription shipped to a foreign address costs $45. Conservationist does accept VISA and MasterCard.

In what months is the magazine published?
Conservationist is published six times per year, in February, April, June, August, October, and December. We've published continuously since 1946, making us one of the longest-running outdoor magazines in the country.

Who publishes Conservationist?
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) publishes Conservationist six times per year. David Nelson is Editor.

What is the circulation of Conservationist?
Currently we have a paid circulation of approximately 85,000. The magazine has subscribers in every state in the union and in many foreign countries.

How do I contribute an article and/or photographs for possible publication in Conservationist?
There are specific requirements for submitting unsolicited manuscripts and photographs to the magazine. Due to the large number of materials we receive, it is important that you read our Contributor's Guide (link at left) and follow the instructions carefully. Submission packages that do not adhere to our guidelines may not be considered. Please allow up to eight weeks for a response. (Note: Conservationist does not accept poetry.)

I have been asked to submit a specific article or photo for publication. What are the deadlines for each issue?
In general these dates will allow us the time necessary to work with your submission: February issue: deadline Oct. 1. April issue: deadline Jan. 1. June issue: deadline March 1. August issue: deadline May 1. October issue: deadline June 1. December issue: August 1. In some cases, we may want materials in earlier. Don't hesitate to call the editors with questions.

What types of articles and photos do you publish?
Our magazine focuses on natural resources and outdoor recreation in New York State. We cover a wide array of topics, so it's always best to submit a query letter before sending in your manuscript or photos. You can find more details about our publication requirements in the Contributor's Guide (link at left). (Note: Conservationist does not accept poetry.)

Do you accept unsolicited article/photo submissions via email?
We strongly discourage submission of unsolicited article/photo submissions and suggest that the contributor first submit a query outlining the subject matter of the proposed submission. A query can be submitted via e-mail to magazine@dec.ny.gov,

I want a back issue or extra copies of the magazine. Whom do I contact?
Please write to us at Conservationist, NYSDEC, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4502, or e-mail us at magazine@dec.ny.gov and include your contact information. Be sure to include: (ATT: Back Issues). If your desired issue is available, the cost is $4 per copy. Please DO NOT include a check or money order with your request. Once we have made contact with you we will make arrangements for payment.

I have back issues. Are you interested in them?
We may be interested in specific rare issues, especially from the 1940s, but we have sufficient numbers of most issues. Please write to us at Conservationist, NYSDEC, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4502, or e-mail us at magazine@dec.ny.gov and include an inventory of what you have, and if we're interested we will get back to you. We usually suggest donating back issues to a local library, school science teacher, or doctor's office.

I have an item for the Letters section. Can I email it to the magazine?
Yes, we accept questions and photos for our Letters section via email. However, two suggestions: 1. if a photo attachment is included, please name it something other than "Conservationist" or "Photo 1." Try naming the photo yourlastname1.jpg etc. 2. Please include a relevant subject line in your email; i.e. Smith Letter Frog Pond, etc. Photos must be high resolution (300 dpi at 5 X 7). We really appreciate hearing from our family of readers!

I saw an article on weasels in the magazine in 1978. Can I get a copy?
When possible, please visit your local library. In some cases we can help get a copy of a past article but we have to limit the requests as much as possible. If you've exhausted all avenues, write to us or e-mail us (see Question 16) and we'll do the best we can to get you the information you need.

Why don't all of the articles printed in the magazine get posted to your website?
In June 2007, we began publishing most of the magazine on the website. Prior to that, only parts of the magazine are available online. Occasionally, an article or photo may not get posted because either a contributor has requested we not post their material, or specific copyright or privacy issues make posting an article or photo impossible. In a nutshell, we post everything we can.

I want to work for Conservationist. How do I apply?
Conservationist is part of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. For jobs and other employment opportunities with New York State government, visit http://www.statejobsny.com/

I have found a problem on your website. How do I let someone know?
Please email us and use ATT: Web in the subject line. If possible, include the page title or URL in your email for our reference.

My church group would like to reprint the article in our newsletter The Weekly Prayer. Do I need permission to do so?
Yes. Please submit written requests to reprint articles to Megan Ciotti. Once you obtain permission, we require being credited as follows: Used by permission from the Month, Year Conservationist, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.