California Fish and Wildlife Journal: Special Issues

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"California Endangered Species Act: Successes and Challenges"

Do you research a CESA-listed or candidate species? Do you have examples of successes or challenges related to CESA?

The California Endangered Species Act (CESA) conserves and protects plant and animal species at risk of extinction. About 250 species are currently listed under CESA. CESA has reduced and avoided impacts to California’s most imperiled plants and animals, has protected hundreds of thousands of acres of vital habitat, and has led to a greater scientific understanding of California’s incredible biodiversity. This issue will explore research about CESA-listed species, successes of CESA, and challenges that remain.

Publication Timeline:

  • Manuscript submission deadline: September 30, 2020
  • Expected publication date: Fall 2020
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"Effects of Human-Wildlife Interactions on California's Natural Resources: Conflict and Coexistence"

Do you research how human-wildlife interactions may impact fish and wildlife in California? Do you research the human dimensions of wildlife conservation? Do you have examples of success (or challenges) related to human-wildlife conflicts and coexistence?

How humans interact with our natural resources can have profound impacts on fish and wildlife species, biodiversity and ecosystem health, as well as human health and safety. Those interactions may range from positive (appreciation, coexistence, conservation) to negative (conflict, habitat loss, property damage). Many biological, behavioral, ecological and social factors (human dimensions) interact to influence whether a human-wildlife interaction escalates to conflict, or can resolve in coexistence. This issue will explore research on how human-wildlife interactions may impact fish and wildlife in California, the challenges of effective conflict transformation, and models of coexistence.

Publication Timeline:

  • Manuscript submission deadline: October 31, 2020
  • Expected publication date: Winter 2020
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"Impacts of Cannabis on Fish and Wildlife Resources"

Do you research the environmental impacts of cannabis in California or surrounding areas?

Cannabis cultivation, both legal and illegal, can impact the environment and fish and wildlife resources in numerous ways. These potential impacts include pollution and mortality from pesticides and fertilizers, impacts to water from diversions, site development impacts including habitat loss and fragmentation, and site use impacts that include road mortality, noise, and artificial light, among others.

Publication Timeline:

  • Manuscript submission deadline: April 30, 2020
  • Expected publication date: Summer 2020

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"Effects of Fire on California's Natural Resources"

Do you research the effects that fire has on fish, wildlife, or plants in California or surrounding areas?

Fire is a natural and ecologically important factor in California ecosystems. In addition to natural fire effects, human modification or attempted modification of fire behavior, through suppression, vegetation management, prescribed fire, and other activities also affect wildlife and their habitat. Understanding the complex positive and negative impacts of fire and fire-related management actions on California’s fish, wildlife, and plants is vital to future conservation and management planning.

Publication Timeline:

  • Manuscript submission deadline: April 30, 2020 (extended due to delays related to COVID-19)
  • Expected publication date: Summer 2020

Previous Special Issues:

  • "Effects of Non-consumptive Recreation on Wildlife in California" (May 2020)

Previous special issues can be accessed on the Contents page.

See our Submissions page for more information about the Journal's submission requirements. Please note: all page fees are waived for special issue submissions.