Conserving the Nature of America
Press Release
After Nearly 2 Decades, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Launches Scientific Journals

June 15, 2010


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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced the release of the inaugural issue of the public domain Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management (JFWM) and the re-launch of the prestigious North American Fauna (NAF). These Web based journals focus on the practical application and integration of science to the conservation and management of North American fish, wildlife, plants, and the ecosystems upon which they depend.

The new publications will offer Service employees and others across the scientific community new outlets for important, peer-reviewed research that will help advance the Service’s capacity for science-driven wildlife management.

“From the creation of the world’s most comprehensive waterfowl surveys to the pioneering work on the effects of DDT on migratory birds conducted by Rachel Carson, the Fish and Wildlife Service has built a reputation for science excellence that spans decades,” said Acting Service Director Dan Ashe. “These publications build upon that tradition, and will generate critical information that wildlife managers need to do their jobs.”

The JFWM’s editor, John Wenburg, director of Alaska Conservation Genetics Laboratory in Anchorage, Alaska calls the Service’s revived endeavors in science publications a valuable tool for practical conservation science. “We are excited to launch these two important publications,” said Wenburg. “We encourage submissions of original papers applying science to conservation and management issues.”

The Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management, which can be found at, publishes original, high-quality, scientific papers on practical applications for conservation of fish, wildlife, plants, ecology, and land management in North America. Scientists are welcome to submit manuscripts to The Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management and North American Fauna regardless of professional or personal affiliation, as the scientific standards of the peer review process are applied equally to all.

North American Fauna began in 1889, and continued regularly through issue #76 in 1991. The Service is reviving this prestigious journal, which will publish monographs on an array of topics relating to North American vertebrates, invertebrates, and plants. Submitted manuscripts must be detailed enough to be considered among the authoritative publications on the topic or species covered. Digitized versions of historical issues are available at
The launch of these journals is part of a much larger Service effort to re-energize, and re-emphasize, the agency’s commitment to science-driven fish and wildlife conservation. As part of this effort, the Service has established a Service Science Committee and launched a number of initiatives, including:

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