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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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Choosy Mothers: Factors that Influence where Salmon Spawn
During their lifetimes, coho and other Pacific salmon are born in freshwater, migrate to sea, and return to their natal streams to breed. Breeding is the final step in... [Read more]
Lead Poisoning in Birds from Ammunition and Fishing Tackle
Lead is a metabolic poison that can negatively influence biological processes leading to illness and mortality in North American birds. Lead ammunition and fishing... [Read more]
Sagebrush Bird Community Response to Pinyon-Juniper Removal
Pinyon and juniper woodlands are expanding into sagebrush steppe areas across the intermountain western United States, affecting species that depend on sagebrush. Land... [Read more]
Floodplain and Confined Valley Forms have Complimentary Roles in Rivers
In montane regions, rivers often alternate between canyon-confined segments and unconfined floodplain segments. Variation in channel confinement influences sediment,... [Read more]
New Working Group on Ecological Responses of Large Dam Removal
Dam decommissioning is rapidly emerging as a river restoration strategy in the United States, with several major removals recently completed or in progress across the... [Read more]
New Study: Mapping Sage-grouse Perception of Disturbance
Anthropogenic and natural disturbance have caused habitat fragmentation and loss, leading to population declines of greater sage-grouse. USGS ecologist Steve Knick is... [Read more]
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