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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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...
Large Wood Creates Habitat for Both Juvenile Coho and Larval Lamprey
In the Pacific Northwest, large wood is placed in streams to improve habitat for salmon; however, it is unknown if this practice benefits other fish species such as...
Environmental DNA Used to Detect Endangered Chinook Salmon
Spring Chinook in the Upper Columbia River are among the most imperiled North American salmon and are currently listed as endangered under the Endangered Species...
Evaluating the Effectiveness of Stream Passage Restoration
Nationwide, hundreds of thousands of stream-road crossings pose barriers to movement of fish upstream, limiting fish distribution and abundance. These barriers are...
New Study: Long-billed Curlew Surveys at Oregon Naval Facility
Grasslands and shrub steppe within the Naval Weapons Systems Training Facility (NWSTF) in Boardman, OR have been identified as important habitat for the imperiled...
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.