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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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Elk Monitoring in Mount Rainier and Olympic National Parks: 2008-2011
Elk are an ecologically important component of many National Park ecosystems. They are also valuable to Native Americans and others, such as sport hunters. In 2008, the... [Read more]
Natural Resource Assessment of Mount Rainier National Park
Researchers from the USGS, National Park Service, and other organizations have completed a Natural Resource Condition Assessment (NRCA) for Mount Rainier National Park... [Read more]
Large Wood Creates Habitat for Both Juvenile Coho and Larval Lamprey
In the Pacific Northwest, large wood is placed in streams to improve habitat for salmon; however, it is unknown if this practice benefits other fish species such as... [Read more]
Environmental DNA Used to Detect Endangered Chinook Salmon
Spring Chinook in the Upper Columbia River are among the most imperiled North American salmon and are currently listed as endangered under the Endangered Species... [Read more]
Evaluating the Effectiveness of Stream Passage Restoration
Nationwide, hundreds of thousands of stream-road crossings pose barriers to movement of fish upstream, limiting fish distribution and abundance. These barriers are... [Read more]
New Study: Long-billed Curlew Surveys at Oregon Naval Facility
Grasslands and shrub steppe within the Naval Weapons Systems Training Facility (NWSTF) in Boardman, OR have been identified as important habitat for the imperiled... [Read more]
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