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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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Tree Rings Show Long-term Declines in Forest Nitrogen Availability
For more than a century, human activities have increased atmospheric deposition of nitrogen pollution to forests worldwide. Simultaneously, increased atmospheric carbon... [Read more]
Physiological Mechanisms in Drought-induced Tree Mortality
Widespread tree mortality associated with drought has been observed on all forested continents, and global change is expected to exacerbate vegetation vulnerability. The... [Read more]
Landbird Populations Stable in Northwestern National Parks
Monitoring wildlife in national parks helps scientists study the effects of climate change on populations because parks are relatively undisturbed by other potentially... [Read more]
Landscape Context of Dam Removal and River Response
Dam removal is one strategy for addressing aging, obsolete infrastructure, and more than 1,100 dams have been removed in the United States since the 1970s. Researchers... [Read more]
Concerns With Methods Used for Detecting Bsal from Archived DNA of Amphibians
The fungal pathogen Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans (Bsal) is implicated in salamander... [Read more]
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