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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 environmental 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 submissions open: January 31, 2019
  • Manuscript submission deadline: December 31, 2019
  • Expected publication date: Summer 2020
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"Effects of Non-consumptive Recreation on Wildlife in California"

Do you research how non-consumptive forms of recreation may affect wildlife in California?

Non-consumptive, outdoor recreation is often believed to be consistent with the goals of wildlife conservation and is commonly a part of the mission of federal, state, and county park agencies. Most natural and protected areas allow access for hiking, camping, mountain biking, and other recreational activities. However, these activities can have significant effects on wildlife that live in those areas.

Publication Timeline:

  • Manuscript submissions open: March 31, 2019
  • Manuscript submission deadline: September 30, 2019
  • Expected publication date: Spring 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 submissions open: April 1, 2019
  • Manuscript submission deadline: December 31, 2019
  • Expected publication date: Spring 2020

See our Submissions page for more information. Please note: all page fees are waived for special issue submissions.


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ISSN: 0008-1078 (print), 2331-0405 (online)

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California Fish and Game Journal