At CDFW, science is a critical foundation for the management of California's diverse species and habitats, both for their ecological values and for public use and enjoyment. Scientific inquiry at CDFW spans numerous disciplines, species, ecosystems, and geographical areas. It also involves many collaborators, including other state, local, and federal agencies; non-profit organizations; and universities. As outlined in its 2021-26 Strategic Action Plan (PDF)(opens in new tab), the CDFW Science Institute works with internal and external collaborators to expand and enhance CDFW's scientific capacity.
The Science institute also leads and engages in initiatives to support California’s unique biodiversity, which faces risks from climate change and other pressures. Given the nuance required to safeguard California’s diverse natural resources from these potential hazards, the Science Institute encourages a multi-pronged approach. This includes enhancing the natural landscape’s resilience to climate change; promoting carbon mitigation on natural and working lands; and coordinating with other agencies and organizations to choose the best approaches. The Science Institute is also supporting biodiversity conservation efforts department-wide, while partnering with the California Biodiversity Collaborative(opens in new tab) and other organizations to increase relevant data collection and availability. This informs biodiversity conservation and management practices, while raising public awareness through community science efforts. The Science Institute also provides other opportunities for the public to learn about the importance of science at CDFW for informing mission-related decisions, initiatives, and programs. This includes the monthly Conservation Lecture Series.
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