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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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2011 International Piping Plover Census Report
The piping plover is one of the most imperiled shorebirds in the United States and Canada. Every five years since 1991, the USGS coordinates an International Piping... [Read more]
Surveying Fish and Aquatic Invasive Species in Restored Meadows
In the Plumas National Forest in northern California, meadow restoration projects have been completed over the past 18 years to elevate water levels, retain flow, and... [Read more]
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]
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