The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is responsible for the effective management and protection of California’s endangered and threatened species, and has been a strong partner of the La Kretz Center since our inception. We work together on workshops, public lectures and research aimed at conserving, managing, and recovering sensitive species across the state. Projects that we have worked on collaboratively include our recent publication of an important new book, California Amphibian and Reptile Species of Special Concern, joint presentations at the La Kretz Conservation Genomics Workshop, and an ambitious project quantifying the genetic uniqueness of declining western pond turtles in every major river drainage in California.