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The scientists from the Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center capitalize on their diverse expertise to answer critically important scientific questions shaped by the equally diverse environments of the western United States. FRESC scientists collaborate with each other and with partners to provide rigorous, objective, and timely information and guidance for the management and conservation of biological systems in the West and worldwide.

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Using eDNA to Study Aquatic Species in the Owyhee Canyonlands Wilderness
In the Owyhee Canyonlands Wilderness area – or Canyonlands – in southwest Idaho, the BLM manages and preserves critical habitat for fish and wildlife. To determine if... [Read more]
Range-wide Habitat and Population Connectivity in Greater Sage-grouse
State agencies within the range of the greater sage-grouse have developed Priority Areas for Conservation, or PACs, and conservation plans to manage and mitigate the... [Read more]
New Technical Assistance: System Dynamics Model of Lake Ozette Sockeye
Lake Ozette on the Olympic Peninsula in northwestern Washington state provides important spawning habitat for a genetically distinct population of sockeye salmon, which... [Read more]
Long-term Effects of Great Basin Treatments on Fuel Loads and Fire Regimes
The Great Basin is vulnerable to changes in fuels and fire regimes as a result of invasive species and climate change. To address these threats, management agencies are... [Read more]
New Study: A Natural Resources Condition Assessment for Olympic National Park
USGS and National Park Service Scientists are collaborating to develop a Natural Resources Condition Assessment (NRCA) for Olympic National Park (ONP). A NRCA documents... [Read more]
Moisture Rivals Temperature in Limiting Tree Establishment in Alpine Meadows
Plant populations are often limited by multiple climate parameters; for example, trees growing in alpine areas above forests may be limited by chilling stress and low... [Read more]
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