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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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USGS Featured Story: Mercury Contamination in Western North America
On September 14, a USGS [Read more]
Post-Fire Big Sagebrush Recovery in the Northern Columbia Basin
Sagebrush steppe of North America is highly imperiled, in part owing to increased fire frequency. To better understand the role of fire in the northern Columbia Basin,... [Read more]
New Study: Assessing Cold-Water Refuges in the Pend Oreille River Basin
The Kalispel Tribe in northeastern Washington is located along the Pend Oreille River, home to culturally important, cold-water fish, such as bull trout and cutthroat... [Read more]
Factsheet: Project to Study Mercury Cycling in the Snake River
A new USGS factsheet describes a project to measure mercury cycling in the Hells Canyon Complex – or HCC – a hydroelectric project on the Snake River bordering Oregon... [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]
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