The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has published the highly respected scientific journal California Fish and Game continuously for an entire century. To commemorate the anniversary, CDFW is creating four special issues this year.
Promoting “Conservation Through Education,” California Fish and Game is an internationally recognized research publication read primarily by scientists in the fields of conservation, ecology and natural resource management. It focuses on the wildlife of North America’s west coast (primarily California) and the eastern North Pacific Ocean, but occasionally includes material from elsewhere.
For the first time ever, the quarterly journal is devoting an issue entirely to California’s native plants. This is the first of the four special 2014 issues that will focus on different areas of conservation by CDFW scientists and collaborators from other organizations, including the California Native Plant Society (CNPS).
The idea for an all-plants issue arose during a conversation between CDFW Director Charlton H. Bonham and CNPS Executive Director Dan Gluesenkamp about CDFW’s desire for the 100th anniversary issues to be special. The plant issue (Vol. 100, Issue 1) includes the description of a newly discovered species of plant, Silene krantzii, endemic to the San Bernardino Mountains.
“I’m proud to have been the editor of this important scientific journal for the past four years and to bring it to its centennial issue,” said Dr. Vern Bleich. “I believe it highlights the important work that we’re doing as a conservation agency.”
The plant issue features an introduction by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr., and a co-authored introduction by Bonham and Gluesenkamp. The other three 100th Anniversary issues will focus on marine life, ecology of freshwater organisms and terrestrial wildlife. They, too, will be introduced by prominent Californians who support the conservation of our native flora and fauna. Volume 100(1) is available online, free of charge, at www.dfg.ca.gov/publications/journal.
Dr. Vern Bleich, California Fish and Game Editor, (916) 322-8911
Dana Michaels, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-2420