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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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Lidar Aboveground Biomass Estimates in Shrublands
Determining aboveground biomass is important for estimating fuel loads, measuring carbon storage, and assessing habitat quality. Remote sensing may offer a more... [Read more]
Harvest Treatments Affect Properties of Snags Created for Wildlife Habitat
Snags provide habitat for a wide range of organisms from cavity-nesting birds to insects, and are critical for maintaining forest biodiversity. Resource managers can... [Read more]
Weather-centric Rangeland Revegetation Planning
Rehabilitation and restoration of rangelands impacted by invasions of annual weeds are challenging because climate and weather variability affects seed germination,... [Read more]
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]
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