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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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Golden Eagle Occupancy and Abundance in the Diablo Range, Calif.
The Altamont Pass Wind Resource Area in the northern Diablo Range supports a dense population of golden eagles. To find out how the overall population is affected by... [Read more]
Enhanced Energy Development Mitigation Techniques Benefit Sage-Grouse
With the development of oil and gas reserves in sagebrush habitats has come the increased need for on-site mitigation that is effective at reducing impacts to... [Read more]
Modeling Aspen Response to Climate Change and Altered Fire Regimes
Quaking aspen supports a diverse array of plant and animal species in the Great Basin. Altered fire regimes and climate change are likely to influence future aspen... [Read more]
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]
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