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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: Re-Measuring Post-Fire Sagebrush Growth
From 1998 to 2011, USGS researchers began a series of investigations into how post-fire seeding projects in the Great Basin restore native vegetation and decrease... [Read more]
New Study: Mercury Bioaccumulation and Ecological Risk in Mount Rainier National Park
A recent inspection of fish from 21 national parks across the western United States suggested that Mount Rainier National Park had the largest range in fish mercury... [Read more]
A Technique to Differentiate Male and Female Grebes
Physical similarities among some species of male and female birds make it difficult to correctly assign gender, yet discriminant function analysis can help predict the... [Read more]
Conservation of Native Pacific Trout Diversity in Western North America
Pacific trout in western North America are valued ecologically and culturally, yet recent declines in some trout populations reflect the challenges of balancing current... [Read more]
Predatory Trout Affect Larval Long-Toed Salamander Growth and Development
Predators can influence prey directly by eating them or indirectly through nonconsumptive effects, altering prey behavior, morphology, and life history. Montana State... [Read more]
New Study: Monitoring Lands Affected by the Soda Fire
The 2015 Soda Fire, that burned nearly 400 square miles in southwest Idaho and southeast Oregon, affected important sagebrush-steppe habitat for many species of native... [Read more]
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