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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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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]
Improving Use of Accelerometry Data to Study Soaring Birds
Researchers who study flight behavior of soaring birds can fit birds with accelerometers, which can help determine if a bird is soaring, gliding, or flapping. However,... [Read more]
Book Chapter: Aquatic-Riparian Systems
Aquatic-riparian systems are defining components of moist coniferous forests. In the Pacific Northwest, these systems are increasingly being recognized as a complex mix... [Read more]
Advancing Climate Change Vulnerability Assessments and Adaptation Planning
Public land managers are challenged with responding to future conditions imposed by climate change and implementing decisions at a range of spatial scales. To help... [Read more]
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