California Dept. of Fish and Game Climate Science Program

The California Department of Fish and Game's (DFG’s) mission is 'to manage California’s diverse fish, wildlife, and plant resources, and the habitats upon which they depend, for their ecological values and their use and enjoyment by the public.' The Climate Science Program was created in 2008 as part of the Climate Science and Renewable Energy Branch to help the Department address climate change, in support of this mission. The Program is designed to minimize the negative effects of climate change through the development of adaptation and mitigation measures, policies, and practices that provide clear benefits to the state’s fish, wildlife, and terrestrial and marine ecosystems.

The DFG’s vision for responding to climate change challenges includes three major components including 1) Unity: creating and maintaining vital climate change partnerships and collaborations, 2) Integration: integrating climate change into DFG activities, and 3) Action: meeting conservation objectives for maintaining healthy ecosystems while taking into account climate change threats and impacts. Specific conservation objectives include creating large scale well connected, sustainable system of conservation areas across the state’s terrestrial and marine landscapes, and managing for restoring and enhancing ecosystem function to conserve both species and habitats in a changing climate. 

Publication Date: 2008

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