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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: Using Beaver to Restore Ecosystem Functions
Declines in salmon and trout populations in the Skykomish watershed, WA are a concern to the Tulalip Tribes who depend on this historical fishing area. Habitat... [Read more]
Stable Isotopes Reveal Nitrogen Cycling Patterns in Soils Worldwide
The influence of climate on soil nitrogen cycling is important for plant growth and carbon storage, but there is limited information on how nitrogen cycling varies with... [Read more]
Plant Responses to Elevated Temperature and Drought in the Mojave Desert
Climate models predict temperature increases and prolonged drought in many arid areas which may affect vegetation response. Researchers from the USGS and other... [Read more]
Comprehensive Study of Mercury in Eastern U.S. Songbirds
In 2011, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ruled that coal-fired power plants must reduce mercury emissions by 90 percent in 2015/2016. To help document... [Read more]
Elk Monitoring in Mount Rainier and Olympic National Parks: 2008-2011
Elk are an ecologically important component of many National Park ecosystems. They are also valuable to Native Americans and others, such as sport hunters. In 2008, the... [Read more]
Natural Resource Assessment of Mount Rainier National Park
Researchers from the USGS, National Park Service, and other organizations have completed a Natural Resource Condition Assessment (NRCA) for Mount Rainier National Park... [Read more]
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