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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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Mountain Goat Abundance and Population Trends, Olympic Mountains, 2016
Mountain goats, which were introduced to the Olympic Mountains in Washington in the 1920s, can act aggressively towards visitors and damage native plant communities. In... [Read more]
Insect Responses to Climate and Weather in Sagebrush Steppe
Most insects are short-lived and have relatively rapid responses to disturbance so are good model organisms for measuring the effects of temperature and precipitation... [Read more]
New Study: Dynamic Food Web Modeling in the Snake River
In 2014, the Shoshone-Bannock Tribe conducted an experiment in the Yankee Fork Salmon River in central Idaho to test ecological effects of different marine derived... [Read more]
Linking Avian Abundance and Mortality at Southern California Wind Facilities
Wind energy facilities near Palm Springs, California are located in an area that is important for bird migration and breeding. Resource managers must conduct surveys to... [Read more]
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]
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