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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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Examining Water Quality and Quantity in Western and Southeastern Oregon Basins
Disturbances, such as forest harvest, grazing, and wildfire, coupled with changes in climate can affect stream flow and water quality. A new study will examine water... [Read more]
Sagebrush Restoration Handbook - Understanding and Applying Restoration
USGS ecologist David Pyke is the lead author of part one of a three-part handbook addressing restoration of sagebrush ecosystems from the landscape to the site level... [Read more]
Measuring Arsenic and Antimony in an Ecosystem Affected by Mining
Mining and smelting are major sources of arsenic and antimony in freshwater systems. Both elements are classified as pollutants of priority interest by the U.S... [Read more]
New Study: Modeling Ectotherms’ Vulnerability to Climate Change
Fish, amphibians, and reptiles are ectothermic - or cold-blooded - vertebrates and may be particularly vulnerable to changes in climate because they depend on the... [Read more]
Tools to Help Assess Energy Development Impacts to Sensitive Birds and Bats
Researchers will use a combination of tools to understand how mortality at renewable energy facilities affects populations of sensitive bird and bat species in... [Read more]
Modeling Drought-Induced Forest Mortality Across the Landscape
Drought is expected to become more common under climate change, affecting forest health, composition, and landscape pattern. Drought and drought-induced changes in... [Read more]
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