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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: Distribution of Mesocarnivores in Klamath Network Parks
Information on the distribution of wildlife can help guide National Park managers minimize human-related impacts on species of concern. Park units within the Klamath... [Read more]
Examining How Reservoirs Affect Fish Mercury Concentrations
Reservoirs are ubiquitous in western North America, and reservoir water management operations can influence contaminant dynamics and bioaccumulation. As part of the... [Read more]
Nutrient Ratios Help Predict Ecosystem Resilience After Disturbance
Ecosystem disturbances, such as wildfire or flooding, can result in complex biogeochemical responses that can influence the pattern and pace of ecosystem recovery. To... [Read more]
Using Models to Explore Climate Niches of Ponderosa Pine
Ponderosa pine is an ecologically and economically important tree species found throughout western North America and recently, substantial genetic variation has been... [Read more]
Factsheet: Using Dragonfly Nymphs as Biosentinels for Mercury in National Parks
A newly released USGS Factsheet describes a citizen science driven approach to develop dragonfly nymphs as biosentinels for mercury in aquatic food webs. Mercury is a... [Read more]
Remote Sensing Tools Improve Estimates of Dryland Vegetation Cover, Biomass
Monitoring vegetation cover and biomass in drylands can help assess desertification trends and effects of management practices. The long-term data record of Landsat... [Read more]
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