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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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Understanding Species Persistence at Distributional Edges
Species living in marginal habitats at the edges of larger populations can be genetically different and are often more vulnerable to climate changes, habitat... [Read more]
Temperature-related Effects of Dam Operations on Western Pond Turtles
Western pond turtles are ectotherms – their body temperature is controlled by their environment. To study how altered stream temperatures resulting from dams influence... [Read more]
2011 International Piping Plover Census Report
The piping plover is one of the most imperiled shorebirds in the United States and Canada. Every five years since 1991, the USGS coordinates an International Piping... [Read more]
Using Ultrasonic Acoustic Deterrents to Reduce Bat Fatalities
Changing wind turbine operations during periods of high risk of bat collisions has been shown to reduce bat fatalities, yet operational minimization may be... [Read more]
Surveying Fish and Aquatic Invasive Species in Restored Meadows
In the Plumas National Forest in northern California, meadow restoration projects have been completed over the past 18 years to elevate water levels, retain flow, and... [Read more]
Range-wide Habitat and Population Connectivity in Greater Sage-grouse
State agencies within the range of the greater sage-grouse have developed Priority Areas for Conservation, or PACs, and conservation plans to manage and mitigate the... [Read more]
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