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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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Sage-grouse Habitat and Post-fire Rehabilitation in the Great Basin
Wildfires burn about one million acres each year in the Great Basin. To minimize erosion, restore plant cover, and meet rehabilitation objectives, the BLM seeds burned... [Read more]
Mercury Contamination in Fishes from Western U.S. National Parks Widespread and Variable
Elevated mercury concentrations have been found in aquatic habitats from some of the most pristine and remote parts of the world, including U.S. national parks. In order... [Read more]
New Study: Using a Non-Invasive Method to Identify Chiricahua Leopard Frogs
Critically endangered frog species require information about population status and trends, yet traditional marking techniques are generally prohibited because of health... [Read more]
Meteorological Conditions Influence Condor Resource Selection
Endangered California condors use extensive soaring flight in their daily movements. To assess condor habitat preference, USGS scientists and colleagues examined how... [Read more]
Herbivores Rescue Plant Diversity by Increasing Available Light
Humans have increased the amount of nutrients, such as nitrogen and phosphorus, that enter ecosystems. In a paper published in Nature... [Read more]
Mercury Exposure Affects Thyroid Hormones in Western Pond Turtles
Mercury threatens wildlife health and can impair many physiological processes. Recent studies suggest that reptiles and amphibians are particularly vulnerable to levels... [Read more]
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