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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: A Natural Resources Condition Assessment for Olympic National Park
USGS and National Park Service Scientists are collaborating to develop a Natural Resources Condition Assessment (NRCA) for Olympic National Park (ONP). A NRCA documents... [Read more]
Moisture Rivals Temperature in Limiting Tree Establishment in Alpine Meadows
Plant populations are often limited by multiple climate parameters; for example, trees growing in alpine areas above forests may be limited by chilling stress and low... [Read more]
Remote Sensing Reveals Complex Temperature Patterns in Northwest Rivers
Water temperature is an important driver of fish persistence and survival, and spatial patterns in water temperature can define species distributions and affect fish... [Read more]
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]
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]
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