Renewable Natural 

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Renewable Resource Journal

About the Renewable Resources Journal

The Renewable Resources Journal (RRJ), established in 1982, provides information of general interest concerning public policy issues related to natural resources management. The journal is comprised of contributed and solicited articles on a wide range of natural resource issues, news items about RNRF's members, notices of significant meetings, editorials, and commentaries. The journal is published quarterly. Subscription rates for print issues are: Individual, U.S. address -  $30; Institution, U.S. address - $49; Individual, foreign address - $35; and Institutional, foreign address - $55. Single copies of issues can be purchased for $10, plus $2.50 S/H. Please make checks in U.S. funds from U.S. bank payable to:  Renewable Natural Resources Foundation, 6010 Executive Boulevard, 5th Floor, North Bethesda, MD 20852-3827. Also, you may pay over the phone or at this web site using a credit card by using the "Donate/Subscriptions" link at left.

Guidelines for Contributors available here.

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Tables of Contents

Tables of Contents of all previous issues of RRJ, including all 29 volumes dating back to 1982, are available online.  Single print issues of the journal may be purchased at the link above.  RNRF Congress reports, published as special editions of RRJ are available for download at our congress page.

NEW: Beginning with Volume 28 Number 3, all issues of the Renewable Resources Journal are available for free digital download. Issues will be posted at the tables of contents page and distributed via the RNRF list serve.

Selected articles from previous editions of RRJ are available for free download below:

"Emerging" Chemicals as Pollutants in the Environment: a 21st Century Perspective by Christian G. Daughton, published in Vol. 23, No. 4 (2005)

Implementing Geological Carbon Capture and Storage: Assessing the Challenges, a series of exceprts from an IPCC special report on Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage, 2005, published in Vol. 27, No. 1 (2011)

Featured Congress Reports

In addition to the congress reports listed below, earlier prior congress reports are identified and available for download at our past congress page. Previous editions of the Renewable Resources Journal  may be found at the "Table of Contents" link above (conference reports are highlighted in blue), and may be ordered using the following link:

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Requests to photocopy articles for distribution to students and for other academic uses should be directed to the Editor, Renewable Resources Journal, 6010 Executive Boulevard, 5th Floor, North Bethesda, MD 20852-3827, or by email:

Sustaining Natural Resources and Conservation Science

RNRF's "Congress on Sustaining Natural Resources and Conservation Science: What is at Stake in the Years Ahead" was presented at the American Geophysical Union Headquarters in Washington, DC, December 13-14, 2012.

The U.S. Congress is currently engaged in a contentious debate about how to reduce the federal deficit by increasing revenues and reducing expenditures. The path forward has been complicated by recognition that raising revenues too much or too quickly could imperil the nation's fragile economic recovery. Imprudent choices also could saddle America's most vulnerable with increased hardship in an already challenging environment.

Professional, scientific, educational, and design and engineering elements of the conservation community are concerned by the relentless diminishment of U.S. environmental programs without a meaningful dialogue about the consequences of such reductions. In this rush to cut expenditures in the name of deficit reduction, budgetary decisions do not appear to be informed by adequate knowledge of what critical resources are at risk. We face the loss of integrity of America's terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, the quality of our air and water, built infrastructure that facilitates the management and conservation of essential water resources, and our world-class science and research enterprise.

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Environmental Impacts of Emerging Contaminants

RNRF's "Congress on Assessing and Mitigating Environmental Impacts of Emerging Contaminants" was presented at the American Geophysical Union Headquarters in Washington, DC, December 1-2, 2005.

Recent news accounts report the decline of amphibian populations worldwide, the feminization of male fish, and other disturbing trends. Our increasing use (and accompanying environmental releases) of various man-made compounds is suspected of contributing to these trends. Recently published data from U.S. Geological Survey scientists showed that 80 percent of sampled streams contained contaminants--samples often contained multiple contaminants.

Many pesticides, pharmaceuticals, industrial chemicals, nanoparticles, microorganisms, and other compounds are emerging as contaminants to which we must devote more attention. Too little is known about the effects that these agents have on human or ecosystem health, how to control their release into the environment, and the potential for hazardous by-products. We still are seeking ways to apply insight gained from past experiences when new chemicals and technologies surprised us with unintended health and environmental consequences. More than 80 scientists, managers, and professionals, from 50 organizations made findings and recommendations on steps necessary to address these challenges. 

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Guide for Contributors to the Renewable Resources Journal


The Renewable Resources Journal (RRJ) is a quarterly journal of Renewable Natural Resources Foundation. Its goal is to provide timely, useful, and accurate information on natural resource conservation, management, and public policy. RRJ is designed to foster communication, cooperation, and collaboration across natural resource disciplines and organizations.

We encourage submission of topical manuscripts of broad interest that address contemporary issues and problems at the intersection of natural resource conservation, management, and public policy. Authors are encouraged to contact the editor at to discuss the scope and topic of an article. Lengthy, specialized, or highly technical articles will not be accepted.

General Instructions

Manuscripts must be typed, upper and lower case, double-spaced throughout, with ample margins. Subheadings are desirable. The title should be short, yet explicit, beginning with a key word useful in indexing. The title, author's name, and affiliation should be included as the author wishes it to appear. Each page should be numbered consecutively and carry an abbreviated version of the title in the upper right corner. Footnotes are permissible and desirable when merited. Photographs and tables may be submitted but will only be printed in black and white. The editor reserves the right to decide whether to include the photographs or tables. Recommended maximum length of articles is 4,000 words.

Articles should be sent via email in text or Word format to Figures and images should be submitted in EPS format with sufficient resolution. Tables should be in Excel or Word formats. The editor reserves the right to edit all manuscripts for length and content. All will be reviewed by the editor, and, where appropriate, by experts in the subject matter being reported. The editor also reserves the right to determine in which issue of RRJ an article will appear.

All questions regarding publication should be addressed to the Editor, Renewable Resources Journal, Renewable Natural Resources Foundation, 6010 Executive Boulevard, 5th Floor, North Bethesda, MD 20852-3827 USA or