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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
is a research wildlife biologist whose studies are broadly focused on the ecology, conservation, and management of sensitive and threatened wildlife, with a particular emphasis on birds of prey. Dave and his staff work to provide reliable information on wildlife populations and their habitats to inform science-based conservation strategies and land-use policy. Current research focuses on strategies to identify and mitigate the effects of invasive species and climate and land-use change on raptors in the Pacific Northwest.
Research on the Effects of Renewable Energy Development on Golden Eagles
provides the scientific foundation needed to promote effective golden eagle conservation and compatible renewable energy development. Development of wind-power and solar facilities is expected to increase dramatically in areas occupied by golden eagles in the western U.S. FRESC scientist Dave Wiens collaborates with a variety of federal, state, industry, and other partners to identify potential threats to golden eagles and monitor their population trends in areas targeted for alternative energy development in California.