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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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Conservation of Native Pacific Trout Diversity in Western North America
Pacific trout in western North America are valued ecologically and culturally, yet recent declines in some trout populations reflect the challenges of balancing current... [Read more]
Predatory Trout Affect Larval Long-Toed Salamander Growth and Development
Predators can influence prey directly by eating them or indirectly through nonconsumptive effects, altering prey behavior, morphology, and life history. Montana State... [Read more]
New Study: Monitoring of Lands Affected by the Soda Fire
The 2015 Soda Fire, that burned nearly 400 square miles in southwest Idaho and southeast Oregon, affected important sagebrush-steppe habitat for many species of native... [Read more]
A Decision Support Model for River Restoration Planning in the Methow River
Several Columbia River Basin populations of salmon and steelhead are listed under the Federal Endangered Species Act, prompting a variety of salmon recovery measures. In... [Read more]
Pre-Construction Assessment: Bird and Bat Risk from Wind Energy Development
Bird and bat fatalities from wind energy development can be particularly damaging to populations of rare and low-density species, or species facing multiple threats, and... [Read more]
Evaluating How Different Sagebrush Seedlings Respond to Weather
To restore sagebrush ecosystems after fire, resource managers can use sagebrush seeds taken from considerable distances and planted at restoration sites, affecting... [Read more]
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