THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE (CDFW) SCIENCE INSTITUTE - SUPPORTING COLLABORATIVE SCIENCE FOR ACTION.
Christina Sloop; California Department of Fish and Wildlife; 1416 9th Street, Rm 1237, Sacramento, CA, 95814; (916) 261-1159; christina.sloop@wildlife.ca.gov; Whitney Albright, Junko Hoshi
Established in 2012, the Science Institute features an internal science support program endeavoring to facilitate quality, visibility and integrity of science conducted and used within CDFW. The CDFW mission is managing California's diverse fish, wildlife, and plant resources, and the habitats upon which they depend, for their ecological values and for their use and enjoyment by the public. Science conducted or applied in CDFW is thus generally used to inform critical decisions guiding land, fisheries, and wildlife management, conservation, animal and environmental health, law enforcement, regulatory compliance, and permitting. Defensible scientific information is a primary element of this decision-support framework. In May 2019, the Science Institute will release a five-year action plan focused to promote visibility and transparency of CDFW science activities, encourage collaborative partnerships, support high standards in scientific conduct, foster science capacities, and build a strong science community. Collaborative partnerships are critical to assuring the high-level scientific capacity and rigor needed to inform decisions supporting the CDFW mission. This presentation is intended to familiarize the wildlife management community with the Science Institute and serve as an invitation to join the discussion on CDFW's role in supporting wildlife and conserving biodiversity in California.
Wildlife Professionals: Agency Coordination & Collaboration