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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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USGS and Colville Confederated Tribes Partner for Salmon Recovery
The Okanogan River is a tributary of the Columbia River that originates in British Columbia and flows into northern Washington. Spring Chinook salmon were extirpated in... [Read more]
Choosy Mothers: Factors that Influence where Salmon Spawn
During their lifetimes, coho and other Pacific salmon are born in freshwater, migrate to sea, and return to their natal streams to breed. Breeding is the final step in... [Read more]
Post-fire Seeding Success Driven by Moisture and Seed Drills
Wildfires burn approximately one million acres in the Great Basin each year. The BLM implements Emergency Stabilization and Rehabilitation (ESR) seeding treatments... [Read more]
Lead Poisoning in Birds from Ammunition and Fishing Tackle
Lead is a metabolic poison that can negatively influence biological processes leading to illness and mortality in North American birds. Lead ammunition and fishing... [Read more]
Sagebrush Bird Community Response to Pinyon-Juniper Removal
Pinyon and juniper woodlands are expanding into sagebrush steppe areas across the intermountain western United States, affecting species that depend on sagebrush. Land... [Read more]
Floodplain and Confined Valley Forms have Complimentary Roles in Rivers
In montane regions, rivers often alternate between canyon-confined segments and unconfined floodplain segments. Variation in channel confinement influences sediment,... [Read more]
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