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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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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]
New Study: Pollinator Use of Forbs in the Soda Fire Area
Pollinating insects are in serious decline across the United States, which not only impacts agricultural plants, but native plants as well. Some of the native plants... [Read more]
Holding Their Ground: Biocrust Restoration to Help Native Plants and Reduce Soil Degradation
In the Great Basin, soil erosion on burned slopes can be ten times that of unburned slopes. Additionally, revegetation projects often fail because of annual fluctuations... [Read more]
Paper Documents Longest-lived Osprey Carrying a Transmitter
A paper published in the Journal of Raptor Research describes movements of a satellite-tagged osprey that nearly set a longevity record. An adult male osprey carrying a... [Read more]
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