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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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Streamflow Generation in High-elevation Tropical Watersheds
High-elevation tropical mountain ecosystems provide sustained water flow to lower-elevations areas throughout the year, but these streams are rarely gauged and little is... [Read more]
Experiments to Help Restore Mosses in Arid Lands
Biological soil crusts are beneficial to arid ecosystems and occupy bare ground, deterring establishment of invasive annual grasses. To investigate the restoration... [Read more]
DNA Analysis of Museum Specimens Reveals Population Bottleneck in Condors
Analysis of DNA from museum specimens provides for new comparisons among current and historical population structure and demographic history. A recent study of... [Read more]
Genetic Analyses of Threatened Butterfly Inform Plans for Population Revival
The threatened Oregon silverspot butterfly once occurred from Long Beach Peninsula, Washington, to Del Norte County, California, yet is now found at only four sites in... [Read more]
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]
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