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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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Smallmouth Bass Consume Larval Lamprey in Elk Creek, Oregon
Smallmouth bass were introduced into the Umpqua River in southwest Oregon in the early 1960s. To evaluate the potential effects of smallmouth bass on larvae of Pacific... [Read more]
Variability of Forest Understory Plant Species’ Traits
Plant traits influence community assembly and ecosystem function, and can predict responses to changes in climate and disturbance. Trait-based approaches could be... [Read more]
Book Chapter: Statistical Principles of Post-Construction Fatality Monitoring
A book chapter written by USGS and Swiss Ornithological Institute researchers describes current statistical methods that combine data from detection probability models... [Read more]
Pacific Lamprey in the Columbia River Basin
The Pacific lamprey has recently experienced steep declines in abundance and their range has contracted along the West Coast of North America, including the Columbia... [Read more]
Book Chapter: Rangeland Monitoring Protocols
Monitoring and adaptive management are fundamental concepts to managing rangelands. Historically, rangeland monitoring was limited to determining impacts or maximizing... [Read more]
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