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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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Timing of Fisher Translocations Influences Birth Rate and Population Size
Researchers recently captured, moved, and reintroduced fishers to northern California and the Olympic Peninsula, Washington, to restore fishers to unoccupied parts of... [Read more]
Invasive Annual Grass Book Addresses Critical Questions for the Western U.S.
Bromus species – such as cheatgrass – are exotic annual grasses that have become the dominant annual grasses in the western... [Read more]
2016 Census of Mountain Goats in Olympic National Park
Mountain goats are not native to the Olympic Peninsula in Washington and have long been a management challenge for Olympic National Park – or ONP. In some areas,... [Read more]
In-flight Turbulence Benefits Soaring Birds
Vultures are poor flappers and need to soar in order to fly, relying on uplift to gain altitude. Researchers from West Virginia University, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, and... [Read more]
Addressing Variability in Non-Structural Carbohydrate Measurements
USGS ecologist Matthew Germino wrote a Commentary titled “A carbohydrate quandary” for the November issue of Tree Physiology. Non-structural carbohydrates – or NSCs –... [Read more]
Estimating Mercury Exposure in Birds Using Prey Fish Monitoring
Mercury contamination impairs numerous water bodies in California, posing an issue to human health and possibly to wildlife. Researchers evaluated wildlife exposure to... [Read more]
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