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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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Pre-Construction Assessment: Bird and Bat Risk from Wind Energy Development
Bird and bat fatalities from wind energy development can be particularly damaging to populations of rare and low-density species, or species facing multiple threats, and... [Read more]
Nitrogen-Rich Forests Feed on Atmospheric Calcium
Excess nitrogen in soil from biological fixation, atmospheric deposition, and direct fertilization negatively affects terrestrial ecosystems. Leaching of excess nitrogen... [Read more]
Evaluating How Different Sagebrush Seedlings Respond to Weather
To restore sagebrush ecosystems after fire, resource managers can use sagebrush seeds taken from considerable distances and planted at restoration sites, affecting... [Read more]
New Study: Distribution of Mesocarnivores in Klamath Network Parks
Information on the distribution of wildlife can help guide National Park managers minimize human-related impacts on species of concern. Park units within the Klamath... [Read more]
Examining How Reservoirs Affect Fish Mercury Concentrations
Reservoirs are ubiquitous in western North America, and reservoir water management operations can influence contaminant dynamics and bioaccumulation. As part of the... [Read more]
Nutrient Ratios Help Predict Ecosystem Resilience After Disturbance
Ecosystem disturbances, such as wildfire or flooding, can result in complex biogeochemical responses that can influence the pattern and pace of ecosystem recovery. To... [Read more]
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