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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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New Study: Ecological Value and Characteristics of Snags Created for Wildlife
Standing dead trees, also known as snags, are important features of forests that provide food, nesting cavities, and denning sites for wildlife. Despite their ecological... [Read more]
Habitat Management Benefits Columbia Spotted Frogs
Building new ponds to provide additional breeding habitat and installing fences to manage livestock access to ponds are two ways that wildlife biologists are trying to... [Read more]
Golden Eagle Occupancy and Abundance in the Diablo Range, Calif.
The Altamont Pass Wind Resource Area in the northern Diablo Range supports a dense population of golden eagles. To find out how the overall population is affected by... [Read more]
Enhanced Energy Development Mitigation Techniques Benefit Sage-Grouse
With the development of oil and gas reserves in sagebrush habitats has come the increased need for on-site mitigation that is effective at reducing impacts to... [Read more]
Using Occupancy Models to Investigate Beaver Status in Central Oregon
Beavers in the Deschutes and Klamath River basins can be considered a nuisance, but are valuable to the maintenance of habitat for aquatic species of conservation... [Read more]
Modeling Aspen Response to Climate Change and Altered Fire Regimes
Quaking aspen supports a diverse array of plant and animal species in the Great Basin. Altered fire regimes and climate change are likely to influence future aspen... [Read more]
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